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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 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

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