William Charles Macready (1793-1873)
Graphite on paper
Overall: 5 3/16 x 3 1/2 in. ( 13.2 x 8.9 cm )
inscription, signature, and date: upper left to right: "The original Sketch of McCready / in the character of Wm Tell for / the large picture. H. Inman 1827"
Inscribed and signed above image in graphite: "The original Sketch of Macready / in the character of Wm Tell for / the large picture. H. Inman 1827"
British-born actor William Charles Macready first toured the United States in 1826-27, at which time Inman produced this drawing, which is related to an oil sketch now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The actor is represented in the title role from "William Tell," a tragedy by Friedrich von Schiller. The drawing came to the society mounted in an album of sketches and engravings by Thomas S. Cummings and various other nineteenth-century American artists.
Gift of Mr. Whitney Hartshorne
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