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George Bernard Shaw: 1892
Fitzroy Square, London

William Archer was George Bernard Shaw's most important patron during his early career as a journalist and dramatist. Archer was a drama critic for the London Figaro, a minor playwright, and a translator.

In 1884, Archer encouraged Shaw to commence what would become his first play, Widower's Houses. They collaborated on early drafts of the play, which was eventually staged in December 1892 at the Independent Theatre.

Archer resided at 27 Fitzroy Square, London. George Bernard and Charlotte Shaw lived close by at 29 Fitzroy Square.

Home of William Archer, 27 Fitzroy Square, London [11 April 1986]

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