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Ada Reeve as Julie Bon Bon in 'The Gay Parisienne'

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Ada Reeve as Julie Bon Bon in 'The Gay Parisienne'

published by Rapid Photo Co
matte bromide postcard print, 1900s (circa 1896)
5 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (140 mm x 89 mm) overall
Bequeathed by Patrick O'Connor, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax160333

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  • Ada Reeve (1876-1966), Actress; wife of Wilfred Cotton. Sitter in 24 portraits.

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Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning monarch in Britain.
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William Morris, the author, designer and prominent socialist, dies at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, aged 62.

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Dan Leno, creator of the Pantomine Dame, is signed to Drury Lane theatre company, where he stays for sixteen years, playing some of the best known Pantomine characters.
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The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, organised by the International Olympic Committee, formed in Paris in 1894. Events included athletics, cycling, weightlifting and wrestling, with around fourteen nations competing.
Rhodes resigns as Cape Colony Prime Minister after refusing to repudiate Jameson for his part in the raid on the Transvaal.

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