From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleStratford from Memorial Theatre
About this objectDepicted is the view of Stratford from the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. On April 19, 1879, the original structure opened its doors for plays. However, on March 6, 1926 the original Shakespeare Memorial was destroyed in a blazing fire. In 1932 the current Shakespeare Memorial opened—the structures architect was Elisabeth Scott who was the first woman in Britain to have a prominent architectural design showcased in the country. Following the establishment of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960—the structure was renamed the Royal Shakespeare Theatre the following year.
A.W. Elson & Company (ca. 1894-1925, American) was a distinguished printing and Publishing House. The establishment operated in the late 19th century to the early 20th century—distributing photos and published writings. Entrepreneur Alfred W. Elson owned and operated the establishment. The company resided at 146 Oliver Street, Boston Massachusetts. The company found a niche in producing historical images and scenes, as well as reproductions of portraits and artwork. The company also produced photogravure plates, large carbon photographic prints, etchings, engravings, and copper-plate paintings. The products produced at Elson & Company were seen in homes, museums, schools, colleges, and libraries.
Place Made146 Oliver Street, Boston (Belmont, MA)
Place NotesThe photo was taken in Stratford, England.
MakerA. W. Elson & Co., Boston
Medium and MaterialsPhotogravure
Inscription and Marksrecto: [ink print] Stratford from Memorial Theatrerecto: [ink print] Copyright, 1897 by A. W. Elson & Co., Boston
Measurementsimage: 14 cm x 20.6 cm
overall: 22.6 cm 30.3 cm
Subject and Association Keywords19th Century Photography
Subject and Association Keywords1800s
Subject and Association KeywordsA. W. Elson & Co., Boston
Subject and Association KeywordsStratford
Subject and Association KeywordsShakespeare Memorial Theatre
Subject and Association KeywordsPhotogravure