Carlotta Addison scrapbooks

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:

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

Acquisition Information

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

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

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

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.