William Cartwright 1606-1686
William CARTWRIGHT 1606-1686
Born in London, son of William Cartwright, actor. he probably joined his father's then company, the King and Queen of Bohemia's Men, as an actor himself in the late 1620s. He may have been in France and Holland during part of the Civil War and Interregnum. After the Restoration, he returned to the London stage and was celebrated as both an actor and theatre manager.
Cartwright bequeathed his library (along with a large picture collection, and other goods) to Dulwich College; the collection was never received in its entirety and the size of his library is unknown, but he had a substantial estate.
- Will of William Cartwright, The National Archives PROB 11/387/123.
- Gurr, Andrew. "Cartwright, William (1606–1686), actor and art collector." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Waterfield, G. (ed), Mr. Cartwright’s pictures, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1987.