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MARIE EFFIE (LADY BANCROFT) WILTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1890 - HFSID 287896

LADY BANCROFT (MARIE EFFIE WILTON) Letter on personal stationery, promising to send a photo "when we get back to town". Autograph Letter signed: "Lady Bancroft", 1 page, 4½x7. The Grange, Ascot Heath, Berks (England), 1890 May 29.

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LADY BANCROFT (MARIE EFFIE WILTON)
Letter on personal stationery, promising to send a photo "when we get back to town".
Autograph Letter signed: "Lady Bancroft", 1 page, 4½x7. The Grange, Ascot Heath, Berks (England), 1890 May 29. On personal letterhead to "Dear Clarence Sales". In full: "We will send you a photograph with pleasure when we get back to town. With our kind regards to you both, I am sincerely yours". Marie Effie Wilton, Lady Bancroft (1840-1921) made her London stage debut in 1856, initially playing boys' roles. In 1865 she became stage manager of the Prince of Wales Theatre. When she married actor Sir Squire Bancroft two years later, they became co-managers, later moving to the Haymarket Theatre. While continuing to act, the Bancrofts introduced important theatrical innovations: furnished stage sets, more comfortable theatres appealing to affluent audiences, and broad discretion to play directors. They pioneered what became known as the "drawing room comedy." She wrote a novel, and co-authored two volumes of memoirs with her husband. Lightly toned. Multiple mailing folds. Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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