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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

(1858-1918), Actor and theatre manager

Sitter in 54 portraits
The son of a Scottish manufacturer, he made his acting debut at Nottingham and after some seasons in the provinces, he made his first London appearance as Caleb Deecie in Two Roses in 1881 at the Lyceum. In 1891, he took over management of the St James' Theatre. That year, Oscar Wilde arranged for Alexander to produce and act in the first production of Lady Windermere's Fan. Alexander went on to produce many other plays. These included a number that were highly successful, including Wilde's The Importance of being Earnest and A.W. Pinero's Second Mrs Tanqueray. Henry James's famously disastrous production of Guy Domville was produced at the St James' Theatre in 1895.

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Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge - NPG 3663

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
watercolour, 1909
NPG 3663

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Direct Photo Engraving Co Ltd, after  Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x303

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Direct Photo Engraving Co Ltd, after Herbert Rose Barraud
photogravure
NPG x303

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Unknown photographer - NPG x3770

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1880s-1890s
NPG x3770

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Bassanio in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Benjamin Joseph Falk, published by  David Bogue - NPG Ax29203

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Bassanio in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Benjamin Joseph Falk, published by David Bogue
carbon print, published 1 April 1885
NPG Ax29203

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Bassanio in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Benjamin Joseph Falk, published by  David Bogue - NPG x5153

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Bassanio in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Benjamin Joseph Falk, published by David Bogue
carbon print, published 1 April 1885
NPG x5153

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as George Addis; Marion Bessie Terry as Helen in 'Sunlight and Shadow', by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax28814

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as George Addis; Marion Bessie Terry as Helen in 'Sunlight and Shadow'

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 January 1891
NPG Ax28814

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as George Addis; Marion Bessie Terry as Helen in 'Sunlight and Shadow', by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x134671

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as George Addis; Marion Bessie Terry as Helen in 'Sunlight and Shadow'

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 January 1891
NPG x134671

'Group from "Lady Windermere's Fan"', by Alfred Ellis, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax28837

'Group from "Lady Windermere's Fan"'

by Alfred Ellis, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 July 1892
NPG Ax28837

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"', by Alfred Ellis, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax28848

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"'

by Alfred Ellis, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 February 1893
NPG Ax28848

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16163

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16163

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis - NPG x31826

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x31826

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"', by Alfred Ellis, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x9398

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"'

by Alfred Ellis, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 February 1893
NPG x9398

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x134586

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x134586

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Frederic G. Hodsoll - NPG Ax29615

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1900s
NPG Ax29615

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Rudolf Rassendy in 'Rupert of Hentzau', by Alexander Corbett, for  Alfred Ellis & Walery - NPG x5475

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Rudolf Rassendy in 'Rupert of Hentzau'

by Alexander Corbett, for Alfred Ellis & Walery
albumen panel card, 1900
NPG x5475

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x280

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x280

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x286

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x286

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x291

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x291

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x301

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x301

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Unknown photographer - NPG x302

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x302

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82576

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1961 (1900s)
NPG x82576

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Direct Photo Engraving Co, after  (Walter William) Guy Hughes, for  Histed & Co - NPG x304

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Direct Photo Engraving Co, after (Walter William) Guy Hughes, for Histed & Co
photogravure, 1901
NPG x304

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x292

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1904 (1902)
NPG x292

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x293

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904 (1902)
NPG x293

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x288

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x288

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son', by Langfier Ltd, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x296

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x296

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son', by Langfier Ltd, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x297

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x297

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son', by Langfier Ltd, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x298

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x298

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Lizzie Caswall Smith - NPG x299

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Lizzie Caswall Smith
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x299

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x300

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x300

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by James Charles Dinham, published by  Andrew & George Taylor - NPG x281

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by James Charles Dinham, published by Andrew & George Taylor
postcard print, 1906 or before
NPG x281

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x282

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
NPG x282

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x283

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
NPG x283

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x284

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
NPG x284

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x290

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x290

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) with his dogs Patsy and Pan, by Foulsham & Banfield, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x294

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) with his dogs Patsy and Pan

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1906-1907
NPG x294

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Foulsham & Banfield, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x295

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1906-1907
NPG x295

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x32

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
NPG x32

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x285

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1907
NPG x285

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  Misch & Co ('M. & Co.') - NPG x287

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by Misch & Co ('M. & Co.')
postcard print, 1907 or before
NPG x287

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x289

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1907
NPG x289

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Lilian Beel, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x196301

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Lilian Beel, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910-1918
NPG x196301

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax46146

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46146

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) ('Men of the Day. No. 578.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44687

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) ('Men of the Day. No. 578.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 22 February 1894
NPG D44687

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) ('Men of the Day. No. 1155. "The St. James's."'), by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm - NPG D45469

Sir George Alexander (George Samson) ('Men of the Day. No. 1155. "The St. James's."')

by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 January 1909
NPG D45469

Sir George Alexander (George Samson), after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after  John Hassall - NPG D7316

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after John Hassall
lithograph, 1917
NPG D7316

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