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James Robinson Planché Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the papers of English dramatist and antiquary James Robinson Planché (1796-1880). The majority relates to his work in the theater, antiquarian pursuits, and costume expertise.
Background
James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), a dramatist, antiquary, and officer of arms, was born in Piccadilly, London, on February 27, 1796; the son of Huguenot refugees. He wrote or adapted over 170 plays over the course of his 60 year career; these included extravaganzas, farces, comedies, burlettas, melodramas, and operas. Planché was also the first to introduce historically accurate costume into 19th century British theatre, and subsequently, wrote several important works on costume; one of which is still in print. His antiquary research led to the appointment of Rogue Croix Pursuivant in 1854 and he was promoted to Somerset Herald in 1866.
Extent
361 pieces in 8 boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
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