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Kate Bateman

Attribution
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Printer
Chicago Albumen Works
Sitter
Kate Josephine Bateman, 7 Oct 1842 - 8 Apr 1917
Date
1863 (printed later)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions
Image: 9 × 5.8 cm (3 9/16 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.4 × 9.7 cm (4 7/8 × 3 13/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
NPG.81.M210.D2
Exhibition Label
Born Baltimore, Maryland
Just four years old when she made her acting debut, Kate Bateman enjoyed great success as a child prodigy until she outgrew such roles at the age of fourteen and briefly retired from the stage. She reemerged in 1860 in the title role of Evangeline, a dramatization of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s celebrated poem. She soon confirmed her status as a bona fide adult star with her portrayal of Julia in the 1862 production of The Hunchback. Her most famous role, however, was that of Leah in Leah, the Forsaken—a melodrama adapted specifically for her by playwright Augustin Daly. When Leah opened in New York City in 1863, Bateman’s stirring performance received a wildly enthusiastic reception from the public. Although Bateman would play many parts during her long career, the story of Leah, a Jewish maiden who is cruelly abandoned by her Christian lover, would remain her greatest triumph.
Nacida en Baltimore, Maryland
Habiendo debutado como actriz a los cuatro años de edad, Kate Bateman gozó de gran éxito como niña prodigio hasta los 14 años, cuando ya fue muy mayor para tales papeles, y se retiró de los escenarios brevemente. En 1860 resurgió en el papel principal de Evangeline, dramatización del celebrado poema de Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Pronto validó su estatus de verdadera estrella adulta con el papel de Julia en The Hunchback, producida en 1862. Sin embargo, su papel más famoso fue Leah en el melodrama Leah, the Forsaken, adaptado para ella por el dramaturgo Augustin Daly. A raíz del estreno en Nueva York en 1863, la conmovedora actuación de Bateman fue acogida con enorme entusiasmo por el público. Aunque interpretaría numerosos roles durante su larga carrera, su mayor triunfo fue el personaje de Leah, una joven judía abandonada cruelmente por su amante cristiano.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b
Exhibition
Storied Women of the Civil War Era
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York