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    Robert Keeley Theatrical Archive of Nine Letters Signed "R. Keeley," each to actor/singer James Thorne, total of 28 pages, from 7.25" x 9" to 8" x 12.5", 1828-1830. Each has theatrical content, some humorous, and a few include creatively addressed integral leaves, such as "Jas. Thorne Esq./the gentleman what played Macbeth/at the/Theatre Royal/Birmingham," "Mister James Thorne/the gentleman what sings at the/Theatre Royal/Edinburgh," and "Mr James Thorne/a well-known base-singer/Theatre Royal/Dublin/a Capitol place in Ireland." One letter is also signed by Keeley's wife, actress Mary Ann Goward, "M A Keeley/he made me write it." Robert Keeley (1793-1869) was a well-known British actor who had starred in productions at Covent Garden. He was a successful low comedian, with a humorous style based on his stocky appearance and slow, jerky delivery and a good line in pathos. Keeley's roles include Dogbery in Much Ado About Nothing and the nurse Mrs. Gamp in the stage version of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit in which he was coached by Charles Dickens himself. Each letter is browned and frayed with tears and worn folds. One four page letter has completely separated at the folds.

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    February, 2008
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
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