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

Sitter in 51 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 Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) with his dogs Patsy and Pan

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1906-1907
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1906-1907
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1907
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by Misch & Co ('M. & Co.')
postcard print, 1907 or before
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1907
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after John Hassall
lithograph, 1917
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Sir George Alexander (George Samson) ('Men of the Day. No. 578.')

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