Folger call number: ART Vol. a28 vol.1 (after p.28)
Folger holdings ID: 344902
Accession Number: cs533
All the works by Toedteberg that Folger owns are theatrical portraits copied after rare prints. They are either contained in volumes which were grangerized by Toedteberg or are individual items which were purchased from the sale of Toedteberg's collection. Some of the pieces are signed by him but most are unsigned. All of them, however, at one time passed through his hands and many may have been the work of his pen. They have been grouped together in this file for that reason Artist: Work is housed in a volume which was most likely extra illustrated by Toedteberg who was known to have done a lot of grangerizing work for Augustin Daly. Toedteberg's method was often to insert watercolor and ink wash portraits of actors, copied from rare prints. Although this portrait has the artist noted it may well be that the note was copied from the printed copy of the portrait rather than being the actual artist's signature. I have credited Toedteberg as the artist of the other original portraits in this volume since one of the portraits is signed by him and shares a similar style with the others Full figure portrait to left, standing facing front, holding a paper in extended right hand, left hand in coat pocket. Title taken from printing underneath drawing which continues "...in his new farce of 'Top Boots or the Rival Quacks.'" In the lower left, underneath figure is written 'Drawn by F. Woolf 1834' History: A lithograph of Burton as Buncle Boss, in the same position etc, is listed as item no. 21 under the entry for W.E. Burton in Harv. cat. of dram. ports. The Harvard copy shows a cottage in the background with a sign that reads: 'Dr. Buncle Boss, inventor of the Universal Pills'. Harv. notes the lithograph as being published about 1833 and notes that it is 'very rare'. No artist or engraver are given. The Harvard copy is noted as 'clipped', thus the note concerning Woolf is probably missing Provenance: Item is housed in the 1st volume of W.L. Keese's biography of W. E. Burton. The biography was originally published as one volume in 1885, however this copy has been extended to 3 volumes through extra illustration. The set formerly belonged to Augustin Daly and is listed as item no. 1864 in the American Art Galleries catalog of the sale of the Augustin Daly collection. The Folgers purchased the work from the sale of the library of James Hampden Robb, also held by the American Art Galleries. Item is listed as item no. 230 in the catalog of that sale and was purchased on April 30, 1912 Subject: Burton is noted in most sources as making his debut in America in 1834, in Philadelphia. The play title Top Boots is listed in Nicoll under unknown author, giving a performance date of 28/4/1834. Title in not listed in Odell, NUC or BMC The art collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library includes many volumes of extra illustrated books, several of which formerly belonged to the library of the theatrical manager Augustin Daly. Many of these extra-illustrated volumes were inlaid and organized by Augustus Toedteberg, a professional inlayer and repairer of prints who resided in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the 1870's to 1890's The known facts concerning Toedteberg are few. He was the grangerizer of the Daly copy of Joseph Norton Ireland's Records of the New York stage (a work extended by him from 2 to 33 volumes) and of Daly's souvenir books of his Shakespearean productions (many of which are now in the Folger collection). Toedteberg also published a work, in 1893, entitled Portraits of actors reproduced from rare originals for Augustus Toedteberg. The Folger Library has a few letters in its ms. collection addressed from Toedteberg to Augustin Daly concerning Toedteberg's grangerizing work. His theatrical collection, which consisted of numerous books, prints, drawings, autographs and playbills, was sold at auction by the Anderson Co., New York, 1903-1904 The volumes which Toedteberg grangerized also contain a number of watercolor portraits, copied after rare prints, which are signed by a Victor Moblard who may have been under the employ of Toedteberg. Moblard's style of painting and writing is rather distinct and even where he has not signed his name it is easy to spot his work, In cases where his signature or initials appear, or where the style gives evidence of his work, the item has been entered under his name. In all cases, where known, a subject entry has been given for the original artist of the print from which Moblard was copying. No biographical information has been located on Moblard. The user is referred to records under Moblard, Victor, for additional works from the Toedteberg shop This record contains unverified data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance Toedteberg's collection of theatrical prints was extensive and it is assumed that he drew on this collection as a resource for his grangerizing endeavors. It appears that he was in the habit of copying, in ink or watercolor, rare prints, or having rare prints copied by others, perhaps when he was able to obtain only one copy of the original print
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depiction: Burton, William E. (William Evans), 1802-1860
former owner: Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899
former owner: Robb, James Hampden, 1846-1912
possible artist: Thurston, J. C.
possible artist: Woolf, F.