Sunday, October 24, 2010

Robert Brough - Sir George Alexander as Rudolf Rassendyll in The Prisoner of Zenda

Price Realized £5,750

signed and inscribed 'SKETCH FOR/GEORGE ALEXANDER/IN/'PRISONER OF ZENDA'/by/Robert Brough/ARSA.' (upper right)
oil on canvas
36 x 28 in. (91.5 x 71 cm.)

The finished picture, for which this is a preliminary study, is hanging in the Garrick Club (see G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, London, 1997, p. 6, no. 7) and was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, in 1902.

Edward Rose's play, after the novel by Anthony Hope, opened in New York in 1895 and was given its first London performance at St. James's on 7th January 1896. It ran for a total of 255 performances. George Alexander played the triple role of Prince Rudolf, Rudolph V and Rudolph Rassendyll.

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