John Gilbert (1810-1889) and Lester Wallack (1820-1888)

Gilbert (seated) was born in Boston where he made his acting debut in 1828. He first appeared in New York in 1839. Gilbert found that his true forte was in comedy, especially in the role of old men. In 1847 he visited London and performed at the Princess' Theatre. Gilbert became acting manager at Wallack's Theatre in New York. He was the leading actor at Wallack's from 1861 to 1888. Lester Wallack (standing) was a well-known actor, director and theatrical manager. In 1852 he joined his father's company, Wallack's Theatre, where he was a manager and a lead actor. When the elder Wallack died in 1864 the son succeeded him as theater proprietor.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES16911
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
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10057px
Width:
7095px
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