JOHN DREW JR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 42567
JOHN DREW, JR. The popular stage actor pens a letter of praise in black ink Autograph Letter signed: "John Drew.", 1p, 5¼x7. 48th Street Theatre, [New York City], no date, Wednesday Evening. On monogrammed stationery to "Dear Miss George".
Sale Price $595.00
JOHN DREW, JR. The popular stage actor pens a letter of praise in black ink Autograph Letter signed: "John Drew.", 1p, 5¼x7. 48th Street Theatre, [New York City], no date, Wednesday Evening. On monogrammed stationery to "Dear Miss George". In full: "Will you allow me to tell you how much I enjoyed the splendid play, and your beautiful acting this afternoon? Very Cordially Yours". The 48th Street Theatre on Broadway was built in 1912 by producer William A. Brady. Renamed the Windsor Theatre in 1937, the venue reverted to its original name from 1943 until its demolition in 1955. Drew appeared at the 48th Street Theatre on Broadway from November-December 1917 in the play, The Gay Lord Quex. We have not been able to find information on Miss George or the play mentioned in this letter. John Drew, Jr. (1853-1927), the eldest son of American Shakespearean actors John Drew (1827-1862) and Louisa Lane Drew, made his acting debut in Philadelphia in 1873 under the management of his mother. By 1879, he was the leading man in Augustin Daly's Company and was equally popular with audiences and caricaturists. Drew, who was best known for his characterization of Petruchio, made his Broadway debut in 1902 (The Mummy and the Humming Bird) and appeared in numerous plays on the Great White Way until 1927. His sister, Georgiana, married Maurice Barrymore and was the mother of actors Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore. Drew acted with his niece and nephews at the Waldorf-Astoria in the 1890s. Worthy of further research. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. Light spreading of ink at the "hn" and "D" of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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