WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (July 18, 1811 – December 24, 1863) was a British novelist, author and illustrator. He is known for his satirical works, particularly his novel Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of British society, and the 1844 novel, The Luck of Barry Lyndon, which was adopted for the 1975 film by Stanley Kubrick. On December 23, 1863, after returning from dinner, he suffered a stroke and was found dead in his bed the following morning. His death at the age of 52 was completely unexpected and shocked his family and friends. About 7,000 people attended his funeral at Kensington Gardens. He was buried on December 29 at Kensai Green Cemetery and a memorial bust sculpted by Marochetti can be found in Westminster Abbey.
Offering a partial cover, 2 x 2 3/4, addressed in his hand to (Sir) Francis Henry Goldsmid (1808 – 1878), first Jewish barrister in England, prominent member of a family of Jewish bankers and the last name of his signature “Thackery.”
Cover has been attached to a larger piece of paper, which contains Thackery’s signature.
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