Date Published: 1915 to 1943
Binding: No binding
HIS TOURING COMPANY HAD MANY SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTIONS
Knighted in 1921, John Martin-Harvey was an English stage actor. He joined Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre company in 1882 and for many years he played only minor parts in Irving's productions. During the Great War, he and his wife toured the country giving military recruitment lectures and raising money for the Red Cross and other charities. One of his most produced plays was “The Only Way”, an adaptation of Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. His touring company had many successful productions in Great Britain and North America, particularly in Canada. He also starred in a number of films. One of his admirers was Robertson Davies, who used him as a model for Sir John Tresize in The Deptford Trilogy (1970-75).
The collection consists of 69 items dating from 1915 to 1943, specifically 59 letters, 5 signed notes, 1 telegram, 1 caricature card, and 3 signed photo postcards.
59 letters and 5 signed notes:
• The correspondence dating from 1915 to 1943 include: 7 ALS ; 5 Signed notes on small cards ; 50 TLS dating 1915 to 1939 ; and 2 TLS written by a secretary. All are addressed to G.R. Chadwick, who was a teacher and the leader of a scouts’ troop in Liverpool. Chadwick took his scouts to productions of Martin-Harvey’s plays, and sent Martin-Harvey photos of the troop and other mementos (annual reports, autograph books, and books about Shakespeare). Martin-Harvey was a great supporter of Chadwick’s work (the Anglo-American alliance of scouts, patriotism in literature), and a friendship ensued. In his letters Martin-Harvey comments on productions of various plays (“Henry V”, “Hamlet”, etc.), commiserates with Chadwick on his brother’s mental breakdown, and repeatedly sends his and his wife’s best regards to Chadwick and his scouts.
• Colour miniature caricature card, issued by John Player & Sons, no. 27, n.d.
• 3 b&w signed photo postcards, Martin-Harvey in theatrical dress.
• Telegram Mar. 27, 1930 from Martin-Harvey to G.R. Chadwick
Collection on consignment with LDRB
Good. Item #8308