Love, William Edward, British ventriloquist and impressionist (1806-1867). Autograph letter signed.

London, 17. IV. 1851.

8vo. 4 pp. on bifolium.


To the novelist Jean Middlemass (1833-1919), concerning his terms for a show engagement and about his full schedule: "In reply to your favour I beg to say that in a case of charity I am in the habit of reducing my terms one third. My terms at [...] places where a considerable number of auditors may be calculated on are 15 gs. but in a charitable case I would do the same thing for £10.10.0. I could at present give you the choice of Monday or Tuesday [...]".

Since his first appearance in London in 1834, Love is said to have completed over 2,400 performances there until the year 1856. "In all his later entertainments, he was the sole performer; he represented various characters, making very rapid changes of dress while talking, singing, and displaying his remarkable powers of mimicry and ventriloquism" (DNB XXXIV, 161).

With traces of old mounting.

Art.-Nr.: BN#61229 Schlagwörter: ,