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James Robinson Planché Papers: Finding Aid
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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.
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.
361 pieces in 8 boxes
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