Gerald du Maurier, letter to Thomas Armstrong

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

1 letter in original envelope with date stamp, from Sir Gerald du Maurier to "uncle" Thomas Armstrong confirming that he will be delighted to do some sittings for Armstrong's sculptor friend if the sculptor will get in touch to arrange sittings. The sculptor is identified by a note on the envelope to be Newbury Abbot Trent (1885-1953). Is sorry to learn that Thomas has been "seedy" and sends hope for a speedy recovery.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Gerald du Maurier (1873-1934) was an actor and theatrical manager, and was son of George du Maurier. He first appeared on the stage in 1895, playing a small part in a dramatization of 'Trilby' at the Haymarket. His break came in 1902 during Barrie's 'The Admirable Crichton', at the Duke of York Theatre, where he met his later wife Muriel ('Mo') Beaumont (1881-1957) who was also an actor. (She appears to have been based predominantly at three London theatres, the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, the Garrick Theatre and the Duke of York in the period 1898-1906, 1912, acting in a range of productions from Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' to 'For Love of Prim' and 'A Golden Wedding' by Eden Phillpotts). Gerald du Maurier was the first actor to play the parts of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Barrie's 'Peter Pan' (1904).Other successes included E W Hornung's 'Raffles', 'Arsene Lupin at the Comedy Theatre' (1906) and 'Alias Jimmie Valentine' (1910) by Paul Armstrong. He then moved into theatre management with Frank Curzon at Wyndham's Theatre, whilst continuing his acting career. He was knighted in 1922 for his services to theatre. Film roles include 'The Living Dead' (1936), 'I was a Spy' (1934), 'Power' (1934), Catherine the Great' (1934), 'Lord Camber's Ladies' (1932) and 'Escape' (1930).

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL conditions apply.

Acquisition Information

The letter was purchased from Ian Hodgkins & Co Ltd, ABA, London

Other Finding Aids

Unlisted. 1 item only.

Archivist's Note

Description created by Christine Faunch, Archive Curator, 3 March 2009.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

The library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family: EUL MSS 144, 206, 207, 276, 301, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351, 354, 359, 363, 400. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive. A duplicate copy of the Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies memorial photograph album (EUL MS 207/3/1) is held at the National Portrait Gallery.

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