Bateman, Isabel (ON HOLD)

1870’s co-star of Sir Henry Irving at London’s Lyceum Theatre

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(1854-1934) Daughter of American actor-impresario H. L. Bateman (1812–75) and wife Sidney Cowell (1823–81), sister of Ellen, Virginia & Kate Bateman, all noted actresses on the London stage. In 1871, her father, anxious to launch 16-year-old Isabel’s London stage career, leased the Lyceum Theatre and engaged Henry Irving as his leading man. Isabel acted in lead roles with Irving throughout the 1870s, appearing in his productions of Charles I, Richard III and Hamlet, among others. She played Ophelia to Irving's Hamlet (one critic called her Ophelia the sweetest and tenderest ever seen), Desdemona to his Othello, and Queen Elizabeth I in Tennyson's Queen Mary, with sister Kate as Queen Mary. She was manager of the Lyceum by the time Irving presented Tennyson's plays there, eventually going to Sadler’s Wells (run by her mother) when Henry took over the Lyceum. She was much admired and frequently posed for painters, and famously for an 1874 photograph (“She Walks In Beauty”) by Juliet Margaret Cameron. She left the stage in 1898 to become an Anglican nun in the Community of St. Mary the Virgin, later becoming Reverend Mother General. ALS, 2pp (one folded sheet, 6 x 8 opened, 2nd page to left of 1st page) 6 Kensington Gore, Queen’s Gate, London, March 29 1873, to Mr. Simpson. Isabel regretfully asks him to defer his visit owing to her father taking ill with inflamatory rheumatism.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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