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Immunity from seizure

Cultural objects intended to form part of a forthcoming exhibition at the British Library that may be covered by immunity from seizure are listed below.

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK.

The conditions are:

  • The object is usually kept outside the UK
  • The object is not owned by a person who is resident in UK
  • Importing the object does not contravene any law
  • The object is brought into UK for the purpose of a temporary public exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
  • The museum or gallery has published information about the object.

The following manuscripts will be on display in the exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts from 15 April to 6 September 2016.

Copy of The York Herald’s Complaint

This manuscript contains a sketch of Shakespeare’s coat of arms, annotated with the words ‘Shakespeare the player by Garter’. It is thought to be a copy of a manuscript compiled around 1600 by Ralph Brooke, the York Herald, who had accused William Dethick, the Garter king-of-arms, of awarding arms to unworthy recipients. The volume consists of 30 pages. Shakespeare’s grant appears on page 28.

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), English
iv. the title: Copy of ‘A note of some coats and crests lately come to my hands given by William Dethick when he was York herald’
v. dimensions: 200 x 155mm
vi. date: c. 1700

Copy of the York Herald’s Complaint, c.1700. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library 

This item was purchased by Henry Clay Folger in November 1906 and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932. Folger purchased the manuscript from Bertram Dobell, a London bookseller. It was previously owned by William Constable.

References

'The Pen’s Excellencie' : Treasures from the manuscript collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, ed. by Heather Wolfe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002), p. 71.

Blackfriars deed

This deed records James Burbage’s purchase of seven upper rooms in the former Blackfriars monastery complex. Burbage converted the rooms into a playhouse for the use of his theatre company, of which Shakespeare was a principal sharer.

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: parchment
iii. identity and nationality of creators: deed for sale of property by Sir William More (1520-1600) to James Burbage (d. 1597), English
iv. the title: Bargain and sale of seven upper rooms in the Blackfriars to James Burbage
v. dimensions: 967 x 827mm
vi. date: 4 Feb 1595/1596

 

Bargain and sale of seven upper rooms in the Blackfriars to James Burbage. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This item has been in the possession of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., since 1939. It was purchased by Henry Clay Folger from the Loseley family via the bookseller William H. Robinson, Ltd.

References

'The Pen’s Excellencie' : Treasures from the manuscript collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, ed. by Heather Wolfe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002), p. 79.

John Playford manuscript containing songs composed for The Tempest by Robert Johnson

This manuscript part book contains music for the songs ‘Where the Bee Sucks’ and ‘Full Fathom Five’, composed for The Tempest by the lutenist Robert Johnson. The volume consists of 35 leaves, collated as follows: [2] blank leaves, leaves 9-13, [28] blank leaves. It contains songs by Robert Johnson and John Wilson, copied by John Playford. Some works attributed to Wilson are in fact by Johnson. Parts for three voices and continuo for "Where the Bee sucks" and "Full fathom five." Also parts for "When Troy Towne" and for "From the faire Lavinian shore."

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: John Playford (1622/3–1686/7), music publisher, English
iv. the title: John Playford collection of music to The Tempest
v. dimensions: 190 x 120mm
vi. date: c.1650-1667

 

John Playford collection of music to The Tempest. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The manuscript was purchased in July 1917 by Henry Clay Folger and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932. Folger purchased the volume from Maggs Bros. in London. It was previously owned by William Harrison (bookplate), J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps and William Hayman Cummings (bookplate).

Charles Kean’s prompt book for The Tempest

Souvenir prompt book for an 1857 production of The Tempest. Printed by John K. Chapman and Co. with manuscript annotations by Charles Kean, interleaved with 14 watercolour scenic designs for the production. The volume consists of 69 pages.

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Charles Kean (1811?-1868), English
iv. the title: The tempest, arranged for representation at the Princess's Theatre, with notes by Charles Kean ...
v. dimensions: 230 x 185mm
vi. date: c. 1857

 

The tempest, arranged for representation at the Princess's Theatre, with notes by Charles Kean. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The manuscript was purchased in June 1898 by Henry Clay Folger and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932. Folger purchased the volume from Sotheby's.

Scent bottle case depicting Ann Barry as Constance in King John

The other side of the case shows David Garrick as Hamlet. A fishing scene is depicted on the lid. The paintings appear on a pink background.

i. type of object: Scent bottle and protective case
ii. description of the material: Glass bottle, enamel case
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Unknown maker, English
iv. the title: Scent bottle case depicting David Garrick as Hamlet; opposite side depicts Ann Barry as Constance in King John.
v. dimensions: 63 mm high
vi. date: c.1780-90

Scent bottle case depicting Ann Barry as Constance in King John. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Provenance: given by Mrs Craven to the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1999.

Enamel portrait of George Anne Bellamy and David Garrick as Romeo and Juliet

David Garrick and George Anne Bellamy in Romeo and Juliet. Based on a painting by Benjamn Wilson engraved by Ravenet.

i. type of object: portrait
ii. description of the material: enamel
iii. identity and nationality of creators: unknown maker, English?
iv. the title: Enamel portrait of George Anne Bellamy and David Garrick as Romeo and Juliet
v. dimensions: 110 x 83 mm
vi. date: [1765]

Enamel portrait of George Anne Bellamy and David Garrick as Romeo and Juliet. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Provenance: given by Mrs Craven to the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1999.

Tile depicting Jane Lessingham as Ophelia

Transfer-printed tile, Liverpool delft.

i. type of object: tile
ii. description of the material: earthenware
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Guy Green, English
iv. the title: ‘Mrs Lessingham in the character of Ophelia’
v. dimensions: 125 x 125 x 8 mm
vi. date: [ca. 1777-1780]

‘Mrs Lessingham in the character of Ophelia.’ Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Provenance: given by Mrs Babette Craven to the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1999.

Bodkin case depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence

Blue Bilston enamel bodkin case depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence (verso). Of slender cylindrical form, on the upper front a left profile bust of the Duke of Clarence wearing a black tricorn hat, and on the lower front a bust-length figure of Mrs. Dorothy Jordan, the back with two oval reserves of hearts, all on a dark blue ground with white-dotted diaper decoration.

i. type of object: bodkin case
ii. description of the material: enamel
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Bilston, Staffordshire, England
iv. the title: Bilston enamel bodkin case depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence
v. dimensions: 95mm long
vi. date: c. 1795

Bodkin case depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Provenance: given by Mrs Babette Craven to the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1999.

Patch box depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence

Blue enamel box with gold decoration and portraits of the heads of the Duke of Clarence and Dorothy Jordan inset against a white background.

i. type of object: Patch box
ii. description of the material: enamel
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Bilston, Staffordshire, England
iv. the title: Patch box depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence
v. dimensions: TBC
vi. date: late 18th century

Patch box depicting Dorothy Jordan and the Duke of Clarence. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Provenance: given by Mrs Babette Craven to the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1999.

Lithograph of the Cushman sisters as Romeo and Juliet

Coloured lithograph

i. type of object: print
ii. description of the material: lithograph on paper
iii. identity and nationality of creators: printmaker Thomas Fairland (1804-1852), English
iv. the title: Miss Cushman and Miss Susan Cushman in the characters of Romeo and Juliet
v. dimensions: 443 x 296 mm
vi. date: 19th century

Miss Cushman and Miss Susan Cushman in the characters of Romeo and Juliet. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This commercially published print was purchased by Henry Clay Folger in 1903 and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932.

Vortigern and Rowena manuscript

Forged manuscript of Shakespeare, purported to be a lost work. Interleaved with pages from printed edition of Vortigern, 1799. Also, copies of 7 letters relating to the work Vortigern allegedly between William Shakespeare and William Holmes, given by Ireland to his father Samuel; and Tom King’s note to [Samuel] Ireland accepting an invitation to dinner, November 1777.

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: William Henry Ireland (1775-1835), English
iv. the title: Vortigern and Rowena manuscript
v. dimensions: 465 x 345 mm
vi. date: c.1796-99

 

Vortigern and Rowena manuscript. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This item was purchased by Henry Clay Folger in August 1929 from Maggs Bros. in London and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932.

‘Vortigern. A malevolent and impotent attack on the Shakspeare MSS’

Handbill relating to the play, Vortigern, purported to be by Shakespeare but actually by William Henry Ireland himself, first produced in 1796.

i. type of object: printed bill
ii. description of the material: paper
iii. identity and nationality of creators: printed for Samuel Ireland (d.1800), English
iv. the title: ‘Vortigern. A malevolent and impotent attack on the Shakspeare MSS’
v. dimensions: 180 x 230 mm
vi. date: April 1796

 

‘Vortigern. A malevolent and impotent attack on the Shakspeare MSS’. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This item was purchased by Henry Clay Folger in 1902 from J.O. Wright & Co. Booksellers in New York and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932.

Forged letter purporting to be from William Shakespeare to Anne Hathaway

Contained in a volume of forgeries, or manuscript copies of the forgeries, by William Henry Ireland. Includes leaves from Miscellaneous papers and legal instruments under the hand and seal of William Shakspeare, 1796, presented by Ireland to John Byng in 1799. Also a portion of a statement about the forgeries in the autograph of Dr. Samuel Parr; a draft of a letter by Samuel Ireland, June 26, 1797; W.H. Ireland’s "Anthem on the death of...Princess Charlotte," ca. 1813, and a number of engravings.

i. type of object: manuscript
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: William Henry Ireland (1775-1835), English
iv. the title: Forged letter purporting to be from William Shakespeare to Anne Hathaway
v. dimensions: 345 x 255 x 20 mm (closed)
vi. date: c. 1800

 

Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This item was purchased by Henry Clay Folger in 1902 from J.O. Wright & Co. Booksellers in New York and has been in the possession of the Library he founded (the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.) since it opened in 1932.

William Shakespeare Bard and Playwright Teapot

Limited edition teapot with lid. Fitz and Floyd literary masters collectors’ series, number 654 of 5000. The teapot is in the shape of William Shakespeare, with Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene as a handle and a spout which looks like a scroll of paper.

i. type of object: teapot
ii. description of the material: porcelain
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Fitz and Floyd, American
iv. the title: William Shakespeare Bard and Playwright Teapot
v. dimensions: 180 x 250 x 150 mm
vi. date: 1994

William Shakespeare Bard and Playwright Teapot. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

This item was given to the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. by Laura Cofield in 2000.

The works of Shakespeare annotated by Thomas Bowdler

Bowdler’s copy as altered by him for his well known edition of 1807. Ink ms. annotations; passages crossed out; in pencil ms. Half bound in calf with marbled paper boards.

i. type of object: printed book with manuscript annotations
ii. description of the material: volume
iii. identity and nationality of creators: Printed by John Taylor, English. Annotated by Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English
iv. the title: The works of Shakespeare annotated by Thomas Bowdler
v. dimensions: 130 x 85 x 40 mm (closed)
vi. date: published 1800, annotated c. 1800-1807

 

The works of Shakespeare annotated by Thomas Bowdler. Photograph courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Purchased in 1913 by Henry Clay Folger

 
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