LILLAH

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], celebrated actress, wife of Harley Granville-Barker.] Nineteen photographic portraits from her archives, some signed and with autograph captions, with six relating to 1912 production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), celebrated actress and London theatre manager, wife of Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), associated with G. B. Shaw
Publication details: 
Several endorsed: Please return to Lady Keeble | Hammels | Boars Hill | Oxford'. [London theatre productions.] Circa 1895 to
£600.00

Twenty-one photographic prints: nineteen portraits of McCarthy, one of Wilson Barrett, and one of Granville Barker's set for 'Twelfth Night'. For the careers of Lillah McCarthy and her first husband Harley Granville Barker, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. In 1917 the London periodical 'The Sketch' found McCarthy 'radiantly beautiful in an old-world dress', and this was not an untypical assessment. The present collection of nineteen photographic portraits of McCarthy, which she herself chose to retain in her personal archive, confirms the judgement.

[Laurence Binyon, poet.] Two items: Autograph Letter Signed ('Laurence Binyon.') to Lady Keeble, i.e. the actress Lillah McCarthy, with copy of playbill for his 'The Young King', performed at John Masefield's 'Music Room, Boars Head'.

Author: 
Laurence Binyon [Robert Laurence Binyon] (1869-1943), poet, British Museum Keeper of Prints and Drawings [Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress; John Masefield, Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
20 November 1924; on embossed British Museum letterhead.
£180.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins, with reference to the play for which Item Two is the handbill: 'Dear Lady Keeble, | Will you accept this little book – my latest poem – as a souvenir of last Thursday and as a token of gratitude for your beautiful speaking of my lines?' He hopes she is 'better', and thinks that 'it is sad to think that you are missing your engagements'. Postscript: 'The shirt arrived safe. Thanks so much.' The 'little book' referred to by Binyon is presumably 'The Sirens: an Ode', published in 1924 in Chelsfield by the Stanton Press.

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], actress.] Typescript, with a few autograph emendations, of commencement of a radio talk [given in Argentina?], telling stories about George Moore and George Bernard Shaw from her autobiography 'Myself and My Friends'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with Bernard Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [Leslie Mead, Director, Argentine Association of British Culture, Buenos Aires]
Publication details: 
[After the publication of her autobiography in 1933. Argentina?]
£80.00

Carbon typescript. 4pp, 4to. Paginated 1-4. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping to edges. The text concerns George Moore and Bernard Shaw, but the introduction suggests that this is the start of a longer piece: 'I will give Mr. Mead, who has done such fine work and who has been so energetic in developing the work of the Associacion de Cultura Inglesa, the full particulars of the E. V. S. A., [i.e. English Verse Speaking Association] and I hope that you will all become Members.' | Mr.

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], actress.] Autograph speech made by her at a lunch for Poet Laureate John Masefield, with two items relating to Masefield's 'English Verse Speaking Association'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with G. B. Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [John Masefield, Poet Laureate, and his English Verse Speaking Association]
Publication details: 
Speech made at the Town Hall, Hereford, 23 October 1929, The two English Verse Speaking Association items undated, but from around the same time.
£380.00

Lady Keeble and Masefield were, as she states in the speech, 'close friends and comrades in work', as well as neighbours on Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. ONE: Unpublished speech. 12pp, 12mo. On twelve leaves torn from an accounts book. Written in a hurried untidy hand, with several emendations. The start in particular is much reworked, with an abandoned version on the facing page. The speech itself is 11pp, paginated 1-11. The recto of the first leaf carries the following, in another hand: 'Speech made by Lady Keeble at Hereford – at Luncheon given by the Mayor. Mrs Luard.

[Lillah McCarthy, English actress and theatre manager, wife of Harley Granville-Barker.] Typed Letter Signed ('Lillah McCarthy') to author Clifford Bax, regarding the 'details of my birth' and her production of 'Judith'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy (1875-1960), English actress and manager of the Little and Kingsway Theatres, and with her husband Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), of the Savoy [Clifford Bax (1886-1962), author]
Publication details: 
The Kingsway Theatre, Great Queen Street, W.C.2. [London] 3 May 1919.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She was glat to receive his letter and will send 'details of my birth as soon as I can get a moment to myself'. She hopes he will 'come and see "Judith" and then come round to my room afterwards and tell me what you think about it all'. Accompanied by a leaf of paper carrying a calligraphic manuscript biography, written during McCarthy's lifetime.

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