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THOMAS NAST. Joseph Jefferson as Bob Acres in "The Rivals." Graphite and ink illustration of Jefferson as Acres in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's famous play, 1893. 343x444 mm; 13 1/2x17 1/2 inches, mounted to slightly larger board with ink caption in side margins. Signed "Th Nast," dated 1893 in pencil, lower left image, and captioned "J. Jefferson as Bob Acres. From Henry Irving Collection April 1906" in pencil, in another hand.
an excellent association work by the famed American cartoonist and caricaturist featuring the most celebrated American character actor of the 19th Century in one of his most iconic roles, from the collection of his friend, the great British Shakespearean actor, Henry Irving. Jefferson's portrayal of Bob Acres was so well known that the actor named a small parrish and train station after the character in rural Iberian Parrish, Louisiana, where he lived and owned property in 1869; it is still in existence.
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