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.
Gerald du Maurier, letter to Thomas Armstrong
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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).
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The letter was purchased from Ian Hodgkins & Co Ltd, ABA, London
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Description created by Christine Faunch, Archive Curator, 3 March 2009.
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