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This material is held at V&A Museum Theatre & Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/370
Dates of Creation 1864-1899
Name of Creator Carlotta Addison
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 volumes

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks containing press cuttings, playbills (both paper and silk), programmes, photographs and incoming personal correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Liverpool in 1849 Carlotta Addison was the daughter of E.P. Anderson, former proprietor of the Doncaster Theatre Royal, and went on to become Mrs Charles A. La Trobe. She made her first theatrical appearance as a child in Tom Taylor's play Nine Points of the Law at the Amphitheatre in Liverpool. Her first appearance on the London stage was on October 6, 1866 as Lady F. Touchwood in Belle's Stratagem at the St. James' Theatre and she continued to perform on London and regional stages almost continuously (bar a four-year absence from 1882-1886) until her death in London, 1914.


These scrapbooks have been arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Blake, great-grandson of Carlotta Addison.

Custodial History

This material was received in 1980 via Sir Donald Sinden, on behalf of David Blake.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Material relating to Carlotta Addison may be found in the following places within the Theatre & Performance core collections: biographical , photograph and production files. An autographed letter written by Carlotta's father, Edward Phillips Addison (THM/14/1) mentions her and her sister.

Personal Names

Addison, Carlotta. ( 1849-1914)

Cataloguing Info

Title Carlotta Addison scrapbooks
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Veronica Castro

Scrapbook relating to the career of Carlotta Addison

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/370/1
Dates of Creation 1864-1871
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes a notebook entitled "The Addison Amateur Dramatic Club', itself a scrapbook of cuttings regarding said Club.

Scrapbook relating to the career of Carlotta Addison

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/370/2
Dates of Creation 1870-1899
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes a silk playbill and personal correspondence.