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
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.
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