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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 320

James Roberts portrait drawings of English actors and actresses


Portrait drawings of English actors and actresses by English artist James Roberts.


  • Creation: before 1809

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes 28 portrait drawings in pencil of English actors and actresses including Cecilia Davies, Jane Pope, and William Smith as well as some drawings of unidentified subjects.

Biographical / Historical

James Roberts was an English artist.


Arranged alphabetically by actor's name.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*76M-66. Purchased with the F.E. Chase and E. Sheldon funds from Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., 43 Old Bond Street, London WIX 4BA England; received: 1976 May 17 and October 12.

Roberts, James, 1753-ca. 1809. James Roberts portrait drawings of English actors and actresses: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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