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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 Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
watercolour, 1909
NPG 3663

x303

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

x3770

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

Ax29203

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

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

x5153

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

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

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

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

Ax28837

'Group from "Lady Windermere's Fan"'

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

Ax28848

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"'

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

Ax16163

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

x31826

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

by Alfred Ellis
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x31826

x9398

'A Group from "Liberty Hall"'

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

x134586

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

Ax29615

Sir George Alexander (George Samson)

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

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