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Past Images of the Month - November 2012

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Samuel Whitbread (1758 - 1815) brewer, philanthropist and Whig MP for Bedford.  Bust by Nollekens, 1814,( decorated for the 200th Anniversary of the building, 10 October 2012). Whitbread became chairman of the committee set up to rebuild the Theatre. There were debts of £500,000 left after the 1809 fire but he worked tirelessly and with the help of his political friends, Whitbread managed to raise the necessary funds to rebuild  Drury Lane. On 6 June 1815, he committed suicide whilst suffering from depression.

Samuel Whitbread (1758 - 1815) brewer, philanthropist and Whig MP for Bedford. Bust by Nollekens, 1814,( decorated for the 200th Anniversary of the building, 10 October 2012). Whitbread became chairman of the committee set up to rebuild the Theatre. There were debts of £500,000 left after the 1809 fire but he worked tirelessly and with the help of his political friends, Whitbread managed to raise the necessary funds to rebuild Drury Lane. On 6 June 1815, he committed suicide whilst suffering from depression.

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