Sir Squire Bancroft (Squire White Butterfield)

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Bancroft's first appearance on the stage was in 1861 at Birmingham, and he played in the regions with success for several years. His first London appearance was in 1865 in J. P. Wooler's A Winning Hazard at the Prince of Wales's Theatre. This theatre was managed by Effie Wilton, whom he married in 1868. The pair continued as joint managers of the theatre.

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Sir Squire Bancroft (Squire White Butterfield)




oil on canvas


H 149.9 x W 99.1 cm

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Bequeathed by Sir Squire Bancroft (Squire White Butterfield), 1926

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