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Richard Mansfield (1854-1907)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1900
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 66 x 42 in. ( 167.6 x 106.7 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Richard Mansfield
Object Number: 1940.76
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Marks: signature and date: lower right: "Louis Kronberg 1900"

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Mansfield, who became a famous actor on the American stage, was born in Berlin, the son of an English wine merchant and a Dutch opera singer. He introduced George Bernard Shaw's plays to America, and his final production was the American premiere of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." This portrait represents the actor in his costume and makeup as Shylock, from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."