"Male impersonator." (U5.196)

In addition to Mrs. Bandmann Palmer, numerous female actresses played Hamlet, most famously the French tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923). This photo was taken by Lafayette during her performance of Hamlet (in a French version by Eugene Morand and Marcel Schwab) at the Adelphi Theatre in 1899. Other Hamlet 'male impersonators' included Miss Winetta Montague, Miss Clare Howard, Miss Hanette Steer, Miss Mariott, Miss Louise Pomeroy, Miss Charlotte Compton, Miss Julia Seaman, and Miss Oliph Webb (ILN 1899).