[ 'Arthur Sketchley' (i.e. George Rose), 'Mrs Brown' and the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. Sketchley') to 'Jno. Kinloch Esq', requesting 'A Box for this evening'.

'Arthur Sketchley', pseudonym of George Rose (1817-1882), dramatist, creator of the once-celebrated 'Mrs Brown' [ The Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London ]
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On letterhead of the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London. 5 November 1864.
SKU: 20331

Having left the Church of England for Roman Catholicism, Rose had had a number of well-received plays produced on the London stage before the huge success of his creation 'Mrs Brown'. 'Mrs Brown at Home and Abroad' was performed at the Egyptian Hall in 1864, and the 'Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music & Romance' refers to 'Mr. Arthur Sketchley's snug little auditorium at the Egyptian Hall' for a performance of 'Mrs Brown at the Play'. When Artemis Ward's Panorama appeared at the Egyptian Hall in 1868, 'the place selected for the display of his quaint oratory' was described as 'the room long tenanted by Mr. Arthur Sketchley'. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'My dear Sir | A Box for this evening will very much oblige | Yrs very truly | A Sketchley'.