CALCRAFT (John William, stage name of J.W. Cole, c. 1793-1870, Actor)

Autograph letter signed to 'Dear Sir', saying "about the Bells Illustrations ... I ... would rather you took your own time, as perhaps you may ... by degrees ... collect for me a compleat set, but I would prefer not having them mounted ... Smirke's Illustrations did not go beyond 3 or 4 numbers, but I wish to have all that were published - Im glad to find you have got the portrait of Abbott for me", with a P.S. "Recommenced our season last night with a fine house. Do you deal in Theatrical Books as well as prints?", 1 side 4to., Theatre Royal, Dublin, 4th November spike hole touching two letters, two small tears in blank top margin

Calcraft served in the 21st Foot, wrote a dramatic version of 'The Bride of Lammermoor', 1823, and made his début at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in 1824 as Sir Joseph Surface. He was its lessee 1830-1851, and wrote the life of Charles Kean, 1859, whose secretary he had been.

Item Date:  1827

Stock No:  16849      £75

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