[ 'Winifred Emery', English actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Winifred Maude') to journalist 'Mrs. Whitley', refusing to sit for a photograph in Elizabethan dress, and declaring that 'Everyone is sick of Shakspeare at this moment'.

'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude (1861-1924) ], wife of Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager
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On letterhead of 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 May [ no year ].
SKU: 18202

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient (who lived at 78 Alexandra Rd, St John's Wood, and was the wife of William Thomas Whitley) was a journalist. She writes: 'I wasn't photographed as "Beatrice", I was so besieged that I refused to sit to anyone especially as the dress was not becoming & I knew I should come out hideous! I certainly couldn't make the effort now!!! I would see you for 5 minutes with pleasure - say at the <?> Theatre on Thursday about 12. I shall be rehearsing there - but a picture I cannot give you! The dress I wore at the Shakspeare ball was just Elizabethan, not "Beatrice" or any character.' The postscript reads: 'Don't you think everyone is sick of Shakspeare at this moment? I do!'