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GV Brooke Shylock engraving actor portrait

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Mr GV Brooke as Shylock


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Antique print relating to Australia


Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818 - 1866) was an Irish stage actor who enjoyed success in Ireland, England and Australia. In 1854 he met George Coppin and agreed to go to Australia to give two hundred performances in the major towns there and in New Zealand. He left England on 25 November 1854, played a week at Cape Town Garrison Theatre and arrived at Melbourne on 23 February 1855. The Australian tour opened three days later at the Queen's Theatre, Melbourne; Brooke stayed in Australia for more than six years. When he arrived he had a repertoire of some 40 characters, and before he left he had almost doubled the number. The critics were unanimous in placing him as one of the great actors of all time. He excelled particularly in tragedy, but also played comedy and Irish parts with success. Brooke's last Melbourne appearance was on 28 May 1861.

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artist T Hollis after a daguerreotype by Fitzgibbon of St Louis, US
method Steel-engraving
date C1850
size 270mm by 180mm (sheet)
SKU AU5031