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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May 15


On this day in 1800 King George III survived a 2nd assassination attempt. He was a popular monarch despite his mental illness problems. His humane and understanding treatment of two previous insane assailants, Margaret Nicholson and John Frith had contributed to his popularity. James Hadfield's failed attempt to shoot the King in the Drury Lane Theatre on 15 May 1800 was not political in origin. George was unperturbed by the incident, so much so that he fell asleep in the interval.
In 1971 Tyrone Guthrie, the English director, producer, and writer died. He was instrumental in the founding of the Stratford Festival of Canada, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
GEORGE III (1738-1820, King of Great Britain)
Fine document signed at the head, printed with manuscript details, appointing Richard Ward to be “Captain of Dragoons in Our Army”, countersigned by “Dunk HALIFAX” (George Montague-Dunk, 1716-1771, 2nd Earl of Halifax, uncle of Lord North), as a Secretary of State, and by the Hon. Robert WALPOLE (d. 1810, Clerk of the Privy Council, Ambassador to Portugal), for the War office, vellum, 1 side oblong folio with papered seal and revenue stamp, Court at St James’s, 17th November 1762
GUTHRIE (Sir Tyrone, 1900-1971, Director & Theatre Designer)
Photograph Signed and dated by him in the margin, showing him head and shooulders, nearly full face with a thoughtful look, a long scarf over one shoulder, from a theatre programme with Cambridge advertisements on the verso, 7” x 5”, [Cambridge], 1st November 1931

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