Mr. Fechter as La Gardare

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Title

Mr. Fechter as La Gardare

Subject

Mr. Charles Albert Fechter

Description

Although born in England, Charles Albert Fechter was raised in France. He spent much of his career there, but after his success as a stage director of a French company touring in England, he decided to stay and perform in London. He had varied success with portraying Shakespearean leads, his Hamlet was highly praised, but his Othello was seen as a failure. [1]
In this particular print, Mr. Fechter is portrayed as Henri De La Gardère from The Duke's Motto, originally by Paul Féval, but adapted for the English stage by John Bougham. [2] He debut this role in 1863 at the Lyceum Theatre in London of which he had become the lessee. In 1873 Fechter settled in the United States, where he ultimately died in 1879. [3]

[1] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "Fechter, Charles Albert," 2008, http://oxforddnb.com/view/article/9245.
[2] Donald Mullin, Victorian Actors and Actresses in Review: A Dictionary of Contemporary Views of Representative British and American Actors and Actresses, 1837-1901, (London: Greenwood Press, 1983), 190-191.
[3] Oxford Dictionary, "Fechter, Charles, Albert".
The Duke's Daughter (Brougham)

Publisher

J. Redington

Date

n.d.

Relation

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mr. Fechter as Lagardare

Museum of London
Mr. Fechter as Iago

Format

13.5 x 10.75 in.

Identifier

62

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