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Visual display of the Darkest Russia

Darkest Russia

  • 1895
Cincinnati and New York: The Strobridge Lithographic Company
  • Color litho depicting a scene from the play showing two bound captives at the feet of Imperial soldiers reacting to the arrival of the Courier. Caption at top left reads “By H. Graftan Donnelly, Sidney R. Ellis Manager”. At the bottom is the quote “The Imperial Courier of the Czar’s Timely Arrival at the Exiles Station on the Great Siberian Road.”
  • Grattan (1850-1931), a prolific writer of science fiction, was a newspaperman who traveled widely abroad. His play sought to feed the growing interest and support of the anti-czarist forces in Russia, and indeed there are reports of protesters in Philadelphia claiming that the play was direct translation of the French "Le Czar Blanc" and arguing that it constituted a slander on the Russian government. Ellis is sometimes credited as co-author, and was certainly involved with the film treatment that resulted in the 1917 thriller directed by Frances Marion. Associated with the 14th Street Theatre, New York.

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Other title
Set A
Stage manager
Ellis, Sidney R.
Jordon, M. J.
Block, Sheridan
Herman, Shelma
Cincinnati and New York: The Strobridge Lithographic Company
Description of Original
Color lithograph, 33 cm by 45.4 cm
Local identifier
WHS Image ID 89874
Location of Original
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Researchs : 2.x.0001A
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