PORTRAIT OF VICTORIAN ACTRESS: MARIE LITTON

This cabinet card portrait features Victorian actress and theater manager, Marie Litton (1847-1884). She was born in England. She began her stage career in 1868, and by 1871 she became an actor-manager. She produced plays at the Court Theatre for four years. Several of these plays were by celebrated dramatist, W. S. Gilbert. She also appeared in and managed other West End theatres. Her better known roles include her appearances in “The School for Scandal” (1877), “The Rivals” (1878), and “She Stoops to Conquer” (1879). Litton had a long affair with theatre manager, William Wybrow Robertson (1831-1908). The pair married in 1879 after Robertson’s wife died. In 1882, Litton was forced to retire because of her cancer, which would eventually cause her death. Her obituary in “The Era” praised her for her generosity and helpfulness to others in the theatre profession. The article states that she was held in high esteem by both fans and by those who knew her in her private life. Miss Litton’s portrait was taken by the London Stereoscopic Company. The London Stereoscopic Company was located, not surprisingly, in London, England. The gallery billed itself as “Photographers’ to the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family”. The company won many prizes and international exhibitions. (SOLD)

 

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