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Lewis Waller as Captain James Wynnegate. Original pencil drawing.
[1908] 1908 - Pencil on card, signed; signs of adhesive on margins. 27 x 38cm. Mounted on cream card. Published in the Illustrated London News, January 1908. Frank Haviland (not to be confused with cubist painter and friend of Picasso, Frank Burty Haviland) was a regular contributor to the Illustrated London News, largely drawing portraits from the London theatres. William Waller Lewis, 1860-1915, stage name Lewis Waller, was an English actor and stage manager best known for his roles in swashbuckling romances. Despite being an accomplished Shakespearian actor, Waller was often ridiculed for his more puerile roles and the antics of his travelling fan club known as the K.O.W., Keen on Waller. Captain James Wynnegate was the main character in A White Man produced at the Lyric Theatre in early 1908. Written by the American playwright Edwin Milton Royle, the play first appeared at Wallack?s Theatre on Broadway in 1905 under its original title The Squaw Man. The story is a tale of an Englishman who escapes to the Wild West of Montana under the alias Jim Carson. After various scrapes he marries and has a son by the daughter of an Indian Chief; there is no happy ever after. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
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