GILBERT ARTHUR A'BECKETT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 11/05/1885 - HFSID 72942
GILBERT ARTHUR ÀBECKETT Satirical playwright and writer for Punch and the Sunday Times Autograph Note signed twice: "Gilbert àBeckett", "G A B", 1p, 4¼x7. South Kensington (England), 1885 November 5. To "Mr. Swain", in full:
Sale Price $252.00
GILBERT ARTHUR ÀBECKETT
Satirical playwright and writer for Punch and the Sunday Times
Autograph Note signed twice: "Gilbert àBeckett", "G A B", 1p, 4¼x7. South Kensington (England), 1885 November 5. To "Mr. Swain", in full: "Mr. Barnand desires me to ask you to send on the enclosed at once to Mr. Wheeler. Will you, please, address the envelope". Gilbert Arthur àBeckett (1837-1891) practiced law but was more famous for his satirical plays and humorous articles. His father, Gilbert Abbott àBeckett, and his younger brother, Arthur William àBeckett, were successful writers in a similar vein. In 1873, co-wrote with W. S. Gilbert (writing under a pseudonym) a satirical play, The Happy Land, which poked fun at the government of William Gladstone. Edward, the Prince of Wales, attending opening night, demanded that the play be closed down, and it was, temporarily, but the resultant publicity only increased the play's attendance and publicity. In 1881, Gilbert àBeckett joined the staff of the satirical magazine Punch, for which his late father and soon his brother, also wrote. There he is credited by some with the original idea for the famous political cartoon, "Dropping the Pilot" (by Sir John Tenniel), which showed Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II dismissing his father's Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. Slightly soiled in blank lower margin. Light horizontal fold crosses "G A B". Otherwise, fine condition.
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