Lawrence P. Barrett (1836-1891)

Lawrence Barrett (born Lawrence Brannigan) was one of the leading actors of the nineteenth century. For several seasons he was a popular leading man at the Howard Athenaeum and the Museum Theatre in Boston. Barrett left the stage to serve in the Civil War, where he was a captain in the 28th Massachusetts Volunteers. He resigned in 1862 and returned to the stage, where he achieved national prominence. Barrett visited Europe in 1866 and 1867. Returning to the U.S. he became the manager of the finest stock theater in New Orleans, where he played lead parts (Shylock, Richelieu, and Hamlet). In 1867 Barrett visited California and was so successful that he remained in San Francisco, managing the California Theatre until 1870, when he joined Booth's theatre. Barrett played Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth, Shylock, Richard III, but was most successful as Lanciotto, in "Francesca da Rimini," a part in which he was said to display great intelligence. The actor was also a writer, the author of a biography of Edwin Forrest, published by J. R. Osgood in 1881, and a lecture on Charlotte Cushman.

Date:
1870 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES26308
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Napoleon Sarony
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