Agnes Robertson (1833-1916)

Born in Scotland, Agnes Kelly Robertson was an actress and the adopted daughter of Charles Kean. Her career started with musical concerts at age ten. The child began acting at age thirteen. Robertson first appeared in London in 1851 as Nerissa in "Merchant of Venice" at the Princess's Theatre. Seduced by the famous playwright and actor Dion Boucicault, she eloped with him to end the scandal and they fled to the U.S. The actress made her New York debut at Burton's Chambers Street Theatre. Robertson's Philadelphia debut was as Milly in the "Young Actress" at the Chestnut Street Theatre in 1854. She remained in the U.S., where she was the leading lady in Boucicault's company. Robertson and her husband had three children who chose a stage career. Boucicault later abandoned her for an actress forty years his junior. Here the actress poses with ribbons in her hair and a Scots shawl over her right shoulder at the Mora studio in New York.

1870 circa 5 years
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Jose Mora
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