[ Laura Henderson, founder of the Windmill Theatre. ] Autograph Letter Signed to an actress [ Janet Achurch ], praising her performance in 'A Doll's House'

Laura Henderson [ born Laura Forster ] (1863-1944), founder of the Windmill Theatre, London [ Janet Achurch, stage name of Janet Sharp (1863-1916), actress ]
Publication details: 
14 Hill Street, Berkeley Square [ London ]. 'Sunday' [ 1889 ].

4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Achurch's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the context: 'In 1889, when she was still only twenty-three, she undertook the management of the Novelty Theatre, London, where on 7 June she appeared as Nora in the first English production of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Autograph Letter Signed from Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, to 'Mr Sawyer', expressing Queen Elizabeth II's gratitude at the opportunity of purchasing a miniature book from the library of Queen Mary's Dolls' House.

Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue (1931-2013), Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, 1972-1996 [Queen Mary's Dolls' House]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, St James's Palace. 31 August 1973.

2pp., 4to. 20 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Geoffrey de Bellaigue'. He writes that he has had a reply to a letter (he has written to the Queen) 'concerning the miniature book entitled "Statesmen" which you purchased at the sale at Sothebys on 17 July 1972 (Lot 636)'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Grace E. Hadow') from Grace Eleanor Hadow, describing to 'Freda', 'the youngest member of the Freeland Institute', the presentation to Princess Mary of a doll made by her, during a visit by the Queen to Barnett House, Oxford

Grace Eleanor Hadow (1875-1940), Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, pioneer of women's education [Barnett House; Queen Mary of Teck; Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood; King George V]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Gunfield, Norham Gardens, Oxford. 11 March 1921.

5pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Freda | I think you may like to hear about your doll & the Princess Mary. The doll had a beautifully written card tied to it, saying it was the work of the youngest member of the Freeland Institute. Then it was put on a table with the basket of flowers for the Queen.

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