Antique Melodramatic Shakespearean Actor Portraits

Atlas Obscura Just posted a feature on “gloriously melodramatic” Shakespearean actor portraits dating back over a Century ago.

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Studio portraits were self-promotional tools which often depicted actors in a dramatic pose, against a backdrop of scenery. This may be my favorite I’ve seen (tied with the one above):
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While some of them are humorous, they do serve the purpose of demonstrating an actor is capable of the exaggerated expressions necessary to convey emotion from a stage (or grainy film).
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The male character portraits seem more entertainingly dramatic, but you can see some ladies over at Atlas Obscura too.

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2 Responses to “Antique Melodramatic Shakespearean Actor Portraits”

  1. Have sword. Will kill.

    Or will I?

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