Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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March 26

On This Day

On this day in 1886 Jeanette Pickersgill, an English painter, wife of the artist Henry Hall Pickersgill was cremated. She was the first person to be legally cremated in the United Kingdom, at Woking Crematorium. She published a volume of poetry in 1827 entitled Tales of the Harem. In 1905 the famous actor Sir Henry Irving was cremated and his ashes buried in Westminster Abbey, thereby becoming the first person ever to be cremated prior to interment at the Abbey. In 1917 Princess Louise, Duchess of Connaught became the first member of the British Royal Family to be cremated.

IRVING (Sir Henry, 1838-1905, Actor Manager)
Fine cabinet photo by Window & Grove, signed and dated showing him head and shoulders in profile, wearing a waistcoat and cravat, 6½” x 4¼”, no place, 1897

LOUISE MARGARET (Princess Alexandra Victoria, 1860-1917, Daughter of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Wife of Arthur, Duke of Connaught)
Fine photo by Mendelssohns signed and dated showing her head and shoulders in profile, resting her elbow on a table and reading a book, 8” x 6½”, no place, 1901

PICKERSGILL (Henry William, 1782-1875, R.A., Portrait Painter)
Autograph letter signed to Miss Loaden, saying he has “no learning of my own to enlighten the World with, so please to accept a few sentences from one of the most learned Writers on our divine Art”, quoting from H. Fuseli “Love for what is called deception ... marks either the infamy or decrepitude of a Nation’s taste ... Tone is the moral part of Color. Harmony of Color” is “the due balance of all, equally remote from Monotony and spots”, 1 side 7” x 4½”, 14 Stratford Place, London, 16th October 1865

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