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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) (1858-1918), Actor and theatre manager

Sitter in 50 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) as Rudolf Rassendy in 'Rupert of Hentzau'

by Alexander Corbett, for Alfred Ellis & Walery
albumen panel card, 1900
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage postcard print, 1900s
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage postcard print, 1900s
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, 1900s
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Direct Photo Engraving Co, after (Walter William) Guy Hughes, for Histed & Co
photogravure, 1901
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage bromide postcard print, 1904 (1902)
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Reginald Fellows Willson, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1904 (1902)
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage bromide postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage bromide postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) as Oscar Stephensson in 'The Prodigal Son'

by Langfier Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Lizzie Caswall Smith
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by James Charles Dinham, published by Andrew & George Taylor
vintage postcard print, 1906 or before
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1906-circa 1912
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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