Letter and CDV photo of dwarf actor Percy Roselle (UK) @1865

$65.00 CAD

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Interesting letter written in 1865  by Percy Roselle in which he mentions “…waiting to receive some Cartes…”, and I am adding one of his Cartes (same?).

Letter dated Jan 29/65 from “2 Woburn Place Well Street Hackney”, and sent to “Miss Paget”:

Many thanks for your letter and kind congratulations. I should have replied earlier to it, but have been waiting to receive some Cartes which have not yet arrived, but as soon as they do I will forward you some. Mama Papa and Amy unite with me in kind remembrances to you, and hoping to meet you again soon. Believe me to remain your affectionate little friend
Percy Roselle


Photo has 'R.W Thrupp Birmm’ printed on card below picture, and hand-written name of Percy Roselle below frame.

On back:

  • Percy Roselle’ in pencil, printed crest and signature of Robert W. Thrupp and below that 'Late Sarony & Co 66 New Street Birmingham'. Sarony left the company in 1867.
  • Label of 'Lacy Theatrical Bookseller 89, Strand, London WC' Lacy retired in 1873, also helping to date this photo.


Master Percy Roselle (b. 1856) (who was known as the "Infant Phenomenon") was a juvenile actor who was a star of pantomimes in London during the 1860s, then disappeared. In his brief heyday he inspired Lewis Carroll who wanted to write a play as a vehicle for him.

Very fine photo, letter has vertical and horizontal folds.

10 X 6 cm (photo)  17.5 x 11 cm (letter)


Amy Roselle (1852 – 1895), born Amy Louise Roselle Hawkins was an English actress who performed in Britain, the US and Australia. She specialised in Shakespearean roles but also played parts in contemporary dramas. She married Arthur Dacre, and the two toured together with their own theatre company, eventually traveling to Australia. There, they committed suicide together in 1895.

Hill and Thrupp ran a print sellers business from 66, New Street Birmingham and on the 31st March 1862 they built a new photographic gallery and studio and established a partnership with Napoleon Sarony. The photographic side of the business operated under the name Sarony, Hill and Thrupp until February 1863 when Hill left the partnership 47 and the photographic business was renamed Sarony & Co. The business continued until June 1866 when Napoleon announced that he was returning to America. His negatives were bought by Thrupp 48 who continued to run the studio under the name Robert W Thrupp. The loss of Napoleon must have been a blow to the business not only was his name and reputation lost but the skills of Sarony were also gone

SOURCE: sites.google.com/site/leedsandbradfordstudios/home/oliver-sarony