From the Collection
This greyscale painting of Othello and Desdemona was completed around 1827 by Henry Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle.
Watch Painting Shakespeare curator Erin Blake discuss the purpose of Fradelle’s painting.
Ira Aldridge gained fame in the mid-19th century playing Othello and Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus. This playbill shows he premiered as Othello in April 1833.
ART File A365.5 no.5
Read about Ira Aldridge’s career in Sarah Hovde’s Shakespeare and Beyond blog post.
This Othello promptbook was inscribed in 1833, noting the spot in the play where Kean “sank on the neck of his son and was carried off the stage.”
PROMPT Oth. 20
Read more about Kean’s passionate and furious acting on Folgerpedia.
Othello was produced by The Theatre Guild in 1943; Robeson costarred with Uta Hagen as Desdemona.
See the contract for the production in Sarah Hovde’s Shakespeare and Beyond blog post.
Listen to scholars Marvin MacAllister and Ayanna Thompson discuss Shakespeare and the African American experience during the Jim Crow era of segregation on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.
Title: Shakespeare Unlimited: Shakespeare in Black and White
Creator: Folger Shakespeare Library
Date Created: January 28, 2015
Folger Reference ID: SU-019