'Mr. Alexander', 1893.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Mr George Alexander (1858-1918), taken by W & D Downey. A popular and succesful actor, Alexander made his acting debut at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, in 1879. In 1891, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) arranged for Alexander to produce and act in the first production of 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (1892). Alexander also appeared in Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest', in 1895. He accompanied Henry Irving (1838-1905) on a tour of America in 1884, from the 1890s onwards moving succesfully into theatre management. This photograph appears in 'The Cabinet Portrait Gallery' series of celebrity portraits and biographies published in the 1890s. The series includes royalty, actors, academics and authors.