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    Civil War Era Theater. Five Boston Museum Playbills, 1860-1862. 1) 5" x 17.25" playbill for the October 11, 1861 benefit appearance of W. Warren, performing in five different plays at the Boston Museum. 2) 5.25" x 13 5/8" playbill for the January 21, 1862 appearance of Matilda Heron in the lead role in "Camille" at the Boston Museum. 3) 5 1/8" x 14" playbill for the February 14, 1862 appearance of Miss Bateman in "The Stranger or, Misanthropy and Repentance" and "London Assurance" at the Boston Museum. 4) November 3, 1862 appearance of William Warren in "Doing for the Best or, The Heiress of Primrose Hall," and Josephine Orton in "I Couldn't Help It" at the Boston Museum. 5) 4.75" x 13.25" playbill for an undated appearance by Caroline Richings and Peter Richings in "The Rose of Tyrol" and "The Blind Man's Daughter" at the Boston Museum. All of the playbills were printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. The playbills have shadows of glue residue on the top and bottom corners without affecting text.

    William Warren (1812-1888) was a Philadelphia-born actor known for his comedic roles. He became a member of the Boston Museum in 1847 and acted there continuously until his retirement in 1883. Matilda Agnes Heron (1830-1877) was a popular Irish-American actress best known for her role in "Camille." Kate Josephine Bateman (1842-1917) was an American actress and the daughter of the actor Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman and actress Sidney Frances Bateman. She was twenty years of age when she performed at the Boston Museum. Josephine Orton (1840-1926) was one of the leading actresses with the Boston Museum company. Peter Richings (1798-1871) was an English-born actor who sometimes performed with his adopted daughter Caroline Mary Richings (1827-1884), who was also a concert pianist.

    The Boston Museum opened in 1841 and hosted a wax museum, a natural history museum, and an art museum in addition to theatrical performances. Numerous famous actors and actresses entertained audiences at the Boston Museum, including Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, William Warren, and Kate Reignolds.


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