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Christie's, South Kensington, 7 November 2006, lot 51.
Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts
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Lily Hanbury (1874-1908), made her first appearance on the stage with her cousin, Julia Neilson, as Myrine, in 'Pygmalion and Galatea' at the Savoy Theatre in 1888. Later in the same year she was to play Neodie in 'This Wicked World' and attracted more favourable reviews. Under the management of George Alexander she premiered the part of Lady Windermere in Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan'- a contemporary authority commented that she had "acted with striking power and sincerity". Among other important characters played by Lily Hanbury were Lady Carlotta Deepdale in 'The Charlaton'; Lady Marchant, in 'A Bunch of Violets'; Madame De Mauban in 'The Prisoner of Zenda'; she was also noted for her Shakespearean characters including Ophelia, Portia and Calphurnia. In 1905 she married Herbert Guedalla, but tragically she was to die three years later due to medical complications following the birth of a still-born child. She was interred at the Jewish Cemetery at Willesden, London.
Lily Hanbury was presented with this brooch when she appeared before Queen Victoria in a private performance of 'The Red Lamp' at Balmoral on 24 September 1894.