Julia Seaman was the daughter of Irish playwright William Seaman and London actress Julia Seaman. When little Julia made her New York debut in 1849, she was hailed as a child prodigy. Young Seaman was unusually successful in serious male parts; she could make the audience forget her legal gender identity. Her best-known role was Hamlet, which she performed in more than thirty productions. Here Seaman poses in her Hamlet costume at the Gurney studio in New York.


  • Title: Julia Seaman (1837-1909)
  • Creator: Jeremiah Gurney
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Carte-de-visite (albumen), 4" x 2 1/2"
  • Provenance: The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
  • Subject Keywords: Performer
  • Type: Photograph
  • Date: ca. 1870

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