CHARLES KEMBLE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/15/1846 - HFSID 304595
Sale Price $198.00
The English actor accepts a dinner invitation, pleased that it will include a reading from Much Ado About Nothing
Autograph Letter signed: "C. Kemble", 1 page, 4½x7¼. 44 Mortimer Street [London], 1846 January 15. In full: "I shall have great pleasure in dining with you and Mrs. Pryor on Wednesday the 21st Inst., and am very glad that you have selected 'Much Ado About Nothing' for the reading; as it is one of my particular favorites. I am, sir, your obedient servant". Charles Kemble (1775-1854), part of a famous English acting family of his father Richard Kemble, made his stage debut as Orlando in As You Like It (1792). Two years later, he appeared for the first time in London, playing Malcolm to brother John Phillip Kemble's Macbeth. He married actress Marie Therese de Camp in 1806. Kemble's production of Cymbeline (1827) launched an English fashion for historical authenticity in drama. Kemble retired from the stage in 1840, but was in demand thereafter for readings from Shakespeare. He himself was no doubt giving the reading at the above mentioned dinner. Left edge frayed from binding. Corners lightly worn. Crease near top left corner. Adhesive residue at face (lightly affecting signature). Mounting residue at verso. Ink notes bled through on face (lightly affecting letter, not affecting signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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