SHAW, George Bernard. Mounted photograph with signature.
Black and white photograph of GBS by Vandyk (with studio stamp on back). A typed note stuck on the back reads "George Bernard Shaw - The famous dramatist now in his 84th year, has added to his long list of successess with a play - his 51st - entitled "In Good King Charles's Golden Days". This play was hailed at the recent country dramatic festival in the beautiful country town of Malvern, where its first perrformance was given, as a typical example of Shavian brilliance".
Mounted below the photograph is a purchase order, filled in by Shaw, for a copy of John Drinkwater's book "An Essay on Rupert Brooke" The purchase order is dated 7 Jan 1916 and has Shaw's name and address in his handwriting.
John Drinkwater's Essay on Rupert Brooke was published in a run of only 115 copies privately printed for the author. It is interesting that Shaw subscribed for a copy. Under the patronage of his Cambridge University friend Eddy Marsh Brooke came to know Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw and other figures of the political and literary elite. While at Cambridge Brooke also joined the Fabian Society. Other members at Cambridge at the time included: Hugh Dalton, Clifford Allen and Amber Reeves.