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THOMAS THORNE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED - HFSID 304715

THOMAS THORNE He signs a quotation from Our Boys, which set a record as the longest-running play Autograph Quotation signed: "'Life is too short for chess'/'Our Boys'/Faithfully yours/Thomas Thorne", 6¼x4. Printed caption: "Vaudeville Theatre/Strand".

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THOMAS THORNE
He signs a quotation from Our Boys, which set a record as the longest-running play
Autograph Quotation signed: "'Life is too short for chess'/'Our Boys'/Faithfully yours/Thomas Thorne", 6¼x4. Printed caption: "Vaudeville Theatre/Strand". English actor and theatre manager Thomas Thorne (1841-1918) came from a family of actors which included his father, Richard Samuel Thorne; and his siblings, Sarah and George Thorne. Thomas Thorne was co-founder of London's Vaudeville Theatre, and acted in many of its shows. Our Boys, performed at the Vaudeville and co-starring Thorne, set a record for the most performances by a theatrical production: 1,362 (1875-1879). This record stood until broken by Charley's Aunt in the 1890s. "Life is too short for chess" was perhaps the play's most famous line. Thomas Thorne died insane and penniless. Soiled. Unknown residue at verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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