Richard Mansfield in the role of Jekyll and Hyde


Richard Mansfield was an American actor, who in 1887 starred in a dramatised version of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde one year after the publication of the novel. His transformation scenes were said to be so realistic that women in the audience fainted and men were scared to go home alone. In 1888 the production transferred to London, and coincided with the Jack the Ripper murders. Public fear of a murderer at large, one who could carry out violent, quick and precise killings, led to accusations that Mansfield, because of his skill in quick changes, was the murderer. This forced the production to close.

This calendar celebrates Mansfield by showing photographs of him in his favourite roles. The page for December shows a double exposure photograph of Mansfield in his dual role as Jekyll and Hyde. Facsimiles of Mansfield’s handwriting include excerpts from the play, and a Christmas message.

Full title:
The Richard Mansfield Calendar for 1900: showing pictures of his favorite characters with some appropriate quotations and good wishes for each month
estimated 1899, New York, US
Booklet / Ephemera / Photograph / Image
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Public Domain
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British Library

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