FORBES-ROBERTSON

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Shakespearian actor. ] Twelve publicity photographs in celebrated roles, individually mounted [ from a set titled 'Souvenir of Forbes-Robertson's Farewell at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane'. Dated 'London, Spring, 1913' ].

Author: 
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), Shakespearian actor
Publication details: 
[ Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. 1913. ]
£120.00

Twelve black and white photographs, of slightly varying sizes (around 15 x 10 cm.), each mounted on a piece of grey paper 25 x 18.5 cm. paper with caption and credits printed on it. All in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The twelve are part of a set of sixteen, which were housed in a printed grey-card wallet (not present), titled 'Souvenir of Forbes-Robertson's Farewell at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane'. Dated 'London, Spring, 1913'. The front cover of the wallet carried a list of sixteen 'pictures of some of his most famous parts'.

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, distinguished Shakespearian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Johnsont') to his niece Ida Forbes-Robertson, on family matters and a benefit performance.

Author: 
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), distinguished Shakespearian actor [ his neice Ida Forbes-Robertson ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Hartsbourne Manor, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. 11 May and 7 June 1916.
£80.00

Both letters are in their envelopes, with stamps and postmarks, addressed by Johnston to his neice at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. ONE: 11 May 1916. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks her for her 'sweet letter' and explains that he is 'down here in bed with a cold'. He hopes for a meeting when he comes to town, congratulates 'Philip' (her brother Philippe (1898-1968), artist and illustrator) on doing well, and sends best wishes to her mother (the Polish artist Janina Flamm). TWO: 7 June 1916. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium.

[ Vera Stacey Wainwright, West Country painter and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vera (Wainwright)') to Ida Forbes-Robertson ('Dear Idzie'), with reference to Gaugin's drawing of her father Eric Forbes-Robertson.

Author: 
Vera Wainwright [ Vera Stacey Wainwright ] (1893-1967), West Country painter and poet, friend of Austin Osman Spare [ Ida Forbes-Robertson, daughter Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist ]
Publication details: 
Crows Nest, Darite, Liskeard, Cornwall. 18 September 1947.
£56.00

2pp., landscape 8vo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'Miss I. Forbes-Robertson | 30a. Collingham Place | Earls Court | S.W.5.' In good condition, lightly aged. The first part of the letter concerns a lost or stolen letter and cheque. 'Of course I shall pay you - but it is s. sweet of you to suggest the present'. She repeats information she gave in the letter about which artists' materials she would like: 'Paper for water-colour is becoming scarce too but I have some at the moment'.

[ Janina Forbes-Robertson [ Janina Flamm ], artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Jania') to her husband Eric Forbes-Robertson, complaining of poor treatment by his brother the actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and the rest of his family.

Author: 
Janina ('Jania') Forbes-Robertson [ née Janina Flamm ] (d.1922), Polish artist, wife of the English artist Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), sister-in-law of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
Publication details: 
One from 13 Batoum Gardens, Shepherds Bush [ London ], 'Sunday'. One in French from 79 Netherwood Road, Shepherds Bush, 'Lundi'. Another simply dated '1 November.'
£250.00

Janine Flamm attended the Académie Julian in Paris with Eric Forbes-Robertson, an associate at Pont-Aven of Gaugin and Robert Bevan, who married her college friend the Polish artist Stanislawa de Karlowska (1876-1952). The couple married on Jersey in 1897, and their son Philippe was born soon after, followed by sisters Ida and Cecilia. None of these three letters is dated, but they must all have been written in the early years of the twentieth century, with Janina miserably placed with her young children in London while her husband pursued his artistic ambitions in the country.

[ Eric Forbes-Robertson, artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Eric') to his daughter Ida ('Idzie'), written while serving with the Royal Artillery during the First World War.

Author: 
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and brother of the Shakespearian actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ his daughter Ida ('Idzie') Forbes-Robertson ] [ Royal Artillery ]
Publication details: 
The first two on Royal Artillery letterheads of the 'R. A. MESS, | SHOEBURYNESS.' 19 October and 19 November 1916. The third on letterhead of the Prince of Wales' Hospital for Convalescent Officers, Marylebone [ London ]. 7 March 1917.
£220.00

The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 19 October 1916. 2pp., 8vo. In envelope with postmark and stamp, addressed by him to his daughter at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. Referring to his wife the Polish artist Janina Flamm, he regrets that he cannot 'come home for dear Janias birthday' as he cannot get leave. He is enclosing 2s 6d each for her and her brother 'Phip' [Philippe Forbes-Robertson] and sister 'Cecilia' to get presents for their mother. He sends best wishes to his brothers Leonard and Johnston.

[ Printed cinema programme, illustrated with photographs. ] G. B. Samuelson's Dramatic Spectacle | The Game of Life By Lauri Wylie & G. B. Samuelson.

Author: 
The Samuelson Film Manufacturing Co., Ltd., London [ Lauri Wylie (1880-1951) and G. B. Samuelson (1889-1947); Isleworth Studios; West End Cinema, Coventry Street, London ]
Publication details: 
World's Rights Owned and Controlled by The Samuelson Film Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 28 Denmark Street, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2. [ 1922 ]
£28.00

8pp., 4to. Stapled in coloured wraps. A frail survival, aged and worn with closed tears. The front cover has the words 'The Game of Life' printed in large gothic type over an illustration of a tapestry. The title page carries the motto: 'The Picture that makes the Dimples to catch the Tears'. There is a long poem of the same title on the second page, and the third page carries the 'Argument' of the film by Walter G. Summers. There is a cast list on the fourth page, and pages five to eight tell 'The Story. There are nine black and white illustrations.

[ The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, London. ] Printed handbill advertisement for a ball, listing the Patronesses, Lady Stewards and Stewards.

Author: 
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, founded in London in 1875 [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
Publication details: 
The ball to be 'held in St. Martin's Town Hall, Trafalgar Square, in aid of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, on Friday, the 1st day of February, 1895.'
£28.00

2pp., small 4to. Printed in black and red ink on the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. The heading and the words 'Tickets 15s. each' at the foot of the page in gothic type, the rest in roman. The names of 23 'Patronesses' given in two columns on the first page, beginning with 'The Countess of Ancaster' and ending with 'Mrs. Alfred Scott-Gatty'. The names of 24 'Steward' in a column on the second page, beginning with 'Harold Bompas, Esq.' and ending with 'Roland Vaughan Williams, Esq.' At foot of second page: 'Tickets can be procured from the Hon. Mrs.

[ The 'Peter Pan' touring party of 1912. ] Original photograph of the '"Peter Pan" Tour 1912.' A studio photograph of 39 men, women and children, with dog, in touring party. From the collection of 'John Kelt' who played the pirate 'Noodler'.

Author: 
J. M. Barrie [ Sir James Matthew Barrie ] (1860-1937), Scottish novelist and playwright, creator of 'Peter Pan' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ('John Kelt') ]
Publication details: 
British, 1912.
£50.00

36 x 20 cm. black and white photograph on card. In worn condition, chipped and frayed at the edges and corners, with the top edge cut away in a wavy line along the heads of the top row. The photograph derives from the collection of the painter Eric Forbes-Robertson, who acted under the name of 'John Kelt'.

[ Esperanto magazine. ] Number of 'La Vagabondo', the organ of Caroline Oxenford's 'Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', with full-page illustration by Eric Forbes-Robertson.

Author: 
Caroline Oxenford (1865-1919) of Hove, Sussex, editor of the Esperanto magazine 'La Vagabondo', organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ]
Publication details: 
La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo, 1 Wilbury Avenue, Hove, Sussex. 'Nro. 11' ('Septembro-Oktobro, 1912') from '2-a Serio'. [ 'W. G. Mead & Co., Printers, East Putney, S.W.' ]
£50.00

'La Vagabondo' (The Tramp) was the organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', founded and edited by the artist Caroline Oxenford. Having previously been named 'La Vagabonda Monatajo' (January to March 1908) and 'La Vagabondisto' (April to July 1908), it became 'La Vagabondo' from September 1908. The First World War put an end to both club and magazine. 12pp., 4to., in cream printed wraps carrying advertisements. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Illustration on front cover showing the night-time silhouette of a house against trees.

[ Esperanto magazine. ] Four numbers of 'La Vagabondo', the organ of Caroline Oxenford's 'Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo'.

Author: 
Caroline Oxenford (1865-1919) of Hove, Sussex, editor of the Esperanto magazine 'La Vagabondo', organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ]
Publication details: 
La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo, 1 Wilbury Avenue, Hove, Sussex. Three from '2-a Serio': 'Nro. 8' ('Marto, 1912'), 'Nro. 10 ('Julio-Augusto, 1912') and 'Nro. 11' ('Septembro-Oktobro, 1912'). One from 'Serio 4': 'Nro. 1' ('Jan.-Februaro 1914').
£200.00

'La Vagabondo' (The Tramp) was the organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', founded and edited by the artist Caroline Oxenford. Having previously been named 'La Vagabonda Monatajo' (January to March 1908) and 'La Vagabondisto' (April to July 1908), it became 'La Vagabondo' from September 1908. The First World War put an end to both club and magazine. The four issues are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Uniform in design, and each 12pp., 4to. (although the last number is slightly taller), in printed wraps carrying advertisements. The three numbers from '2-a Serio' (all by 'W. G.

[ Lillah McCarthy and Harley Granville-Barker, Shakespeare production at Savoy Theatre, London. ] Typed Letter Signed ('A. S. Pigott') to 'Mr. Kelt' [ i.e. 'John Kelt', stage-name of Eric Forbes-Robertson ] regarding his availability for matinees.

Author: 
A. S. Pigott, general manager [ Lillah McCarthy (1875-1960) and Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), actors and producers; William Shakespeare; The Savoy Theatre, Strand ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Shakespeare | THE WINTER'S TALE', production by Lillah McCarthy and Granville Barker at the Savoy Theatre, Strand [ London]. 25 October 1912.
£45.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Enquiring whether 'Mr. Kelt' will be free to play, 'at the same salary you are now receiving pro rata', in 'three special Matinees of "The Winter's Tale" on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday during the week commencing November 4th.', and also possibly a further two matinees a week during 'the run of "Twelfth Night"', the first week's matinees being on the Wednesday and Thursday. Beneath Pigott's signature Forbes-Robertson has written: 'got 10s per performance'. From the Forbes-Robertson papers.

[ Alfred Wareing, theatre producer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Alfred W.') to 'Dear Eric' [artist and actor Eric Forbes-Robertson], regarding 'Ian [ his brother Ian Forbes Robertson ]' and the sending of his work to Edgar Wilson.

Author: 
Alfred Wareing (1876-1942), theatrical producer [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 20 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. 2 December 1901.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. After thanking him for his note he reports that he has written, 'bearing in mind your injunction, to Ian', i.e. the actor Ian Forbes Robertson (1859-1936). He will be going 'down to S. N. or Notting Hill to see him', and asks Forbes-Robertson to send in the coming week 'some specimens of your black & white work to Edgar Wilson, 1, Middleton Rd. Battersea Rise S.W.' Wilson is 'the art editor of a magazine', and Wareing has written to him suggesting that he take some of Forbes-Robertson's work.

[ Norman Forbes-Robertson on his 'sensitive hearted friend' W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan. ] Carbon typescript of 'Laughter Loving Friends. | On the Stage | Sir William Gilbert. | by | Norman Forbes.'

Author: 
'Norman Forbes' [ Norman Forbes-Robertson (1858-1932), actor and brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ W. S. Gilbert [ William Schwenck Gilbert ] (1836-1911), librettist; Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£400.00

9pp., 4to. In good condition, on nine leaves of lightly-aged paper. With three deletions in pencil. A stalwart of the Garrick Club, Forbes-Robertson was a friend of Dame Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde and Sir Edward Elgar, and organised Sir Henry Irving's funeral with Bram Stoker. There is no indication that this paper was ever published. It begins: 'I have come to the conclusion after a long life that those of a passionate nature whose strong emotions, by which their mind is swayed, by anger, fear, joy, grief, love, hatred, etc., often make the ideal friend so long as anger is kept within bounds.

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