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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December 17


On this day in 1619 Prince Rupert of the Rhine was born. He was a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. Rupert was a younger son of the German prince Frederick V, Elector Palatine and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James I of England. Thus Rupert was the nephew of King Charles I of England, who made him Duke of Cumberland and Earl of Holderness, and the first cousin of King Charles II of England. His sister Electress Sophia was the mother of George I of Great Britain.
In 1853 Herbert Beerbohm Tree was born. He was an English actor and theatre manager. Tree began performing in the 1870s. By 1887, he was managing the Haymarket Theatre, winning praise for adventurous programming and lavish productions, and starring in many of its productions. In 1899, he helped fund the rebuilding, and became manager, of His Majesty's Theatre.

RUPERT (1619-1682, Prince ‘Rupert of the Rhine’, Cavalry Leader under Charles I, Scientist and founder of Hudson Bay Company, Nephew of Charles I)
Superb receipt document with a bold signature acknowledging that he has “received of Tho. Bennett Esq the sum of fifteene hundred pounds, being in full for my two pencions due to me at Michs last past the date thereof ...”, 1 side 4to., 3rd November 1679
TREE (Sir Herbert Beerbohm, 1852-1917, Actor-Manager)
Vintage postcard photo by Beagles signed, showing him three quarters length, wearing a white waistcoat with his hand in the pockets of his check trousers, smoking a cigar and grinning, 5½” x 3½”, no place, no date,

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