George Ashton Autograph Letters

Scope and Content

The 86 letters span a period of about 30 years and are, in general, concerned with Ashton's theatrical business.

The first autograph album is an eclectic mix. There are letters from well known figures of the day such as Ellen Terry and Lillie Langtry and also letters of thanks from actors whom Ashton had given parts in his entertainments. Most of the letters in the second autograph book are communications from royalty or on similar matters. These include requests to organise the entertainment at Cowes week and thanks for arranging a gala for the annual fete for the National Life-boat Association.

The death of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra's first son is marked by a letter of sympathy from Ashton and a ticket to the funeral in St George's Chapel.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Ashton was theatrical arranger for Edward, Prince of Wales, who subsequently became Edward VII. Ashton had a ticket agency at 38 Old Bond Street.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased by the University of Kent.

Other Finding Aids

Item level catalogue of letters available on the Special Collections website

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued by Sarah Griffin in 2003. Where possible, the letters have been removed and re-packaged in archival plastic envelopes.

Conditions Governing Use

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