Pioneering New Zealand theatrical producer James Marriott built the opulent Britannia Saloon in Wellington in the early 1840s. Many fundraising dinners were held there, and this engraving, showing a Grand Reform Banquet in 1849, appeared in the Illustrated London News. British-born Marriott was a Shakespearean scholar and actor, wrote plays on topical themes and even designed and built his own sets and lighting – he was a worthy forerunner of the endlessly resourceful New Zealand producer.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
University of Waikato
Reference: Illustrated London News, vol.16 (1850), p. 20
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.