[ George Grossmith junior. ] Unpublished autograph family reminiscences by his younger daughter, with two Autograph Letters Signed by her ('Rosa George' and 'Rosa George. | (Grossmith)') to W. Macqueen Pope, praising her father in the fondest terms.

George Grossmith junior (1874-1935), actor-manager and comedian, his daughter Rosa Mary George (1907-1988) [ W. Macqueen-Pope [ Walter James Macqueen-Pope ] (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian]
Publication details: 
The reminiscences without place or date. The letters from 26 Lawnbodle Road, Hampstead, NW3 [ London ]. 30 October and 4 December 1950.
SKU: 17917

ONE: Autograph family reminiscences by Rosa Mary George (née Grossmith). 19 pp., 12mo. Rough pencil notes, on ruled pages torn from a notebook. Seventeen pages on George Grossmith junior, with a page apiece on 'His Father' and 'His Uncle'. TWO: The two letters, totalling 9pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. In the first letter she writes ecstatically in response to a letter of Macqueen-Pope's, thanking him for 'all the exquisite things you say about my Papa and your sweet remembrances of my Ena' (her sister), and stating that she has 'danced and sung with anticipated joy' at the promise of a meeting with him. 'You are the one and only person who should be connected with anything to do with the world of stage'. In the second letter she presents him with an 'old picture of our beloved Gaiety in its hey day', which 'belonged to my adored Father the late George Grossmith and used to hang in his dressingroom not only at the Gaiety but at any Theatre he happened to be at'. She continues: 'I worshipped my Father. He was the most wonderful Father in the world and when he died the Gaiety died too. He was the same at home as he was on the stage, gay, happy, generous and kind. I am his younger daughter Rosa, my sister, Ena, died during the war.' She has tried to 'keep his name a perpetual memory' but has failed. 'Alexander Korda was going to make a film of his life but during the war it fell thro and "Gaiety George" was made instead'. She is sending a 'very rough set of notes of his life including Grandpapa's and my Great Uncle Weedon's life', which was sent to the BBC by her mother's sister, 'but I fear they did not reach the right quarters'. She continues with an anecdote concerning Leslie Henson (comedian (1891-1957), about whom she tells an anecdote in which he refers on stage to Grossmith as 'my greatest friend'), and in a postscript lists seven individuals who are 'still alive to revive fond memories'.