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Orlando Dando, the Volunteer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1898 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    D.D.F. (artist)
    Hood, Basil (writer)
    Slaugher, Walter (writer)
    David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 67, box E

Walter Alfred Slaughter (1860-1908) was a composer of comic opera and musical comedies in Victorian England. His most notable successes included his production collaborations with Basil Hood (1864-1917), as in this musical 'Orlando Dando, the Volunteer'.

Physical description

Cast taking curtain call: eleven actresses with flowers in their hair, wearing togas attended by three ornately dressed boys in red, gold and green uniforms. In the foreground, seven elderly men in formal dress (with monocles and top hats) bow in admiration. A bouquet of flowers is laid at the actresses' feet.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1898 (made)


D.D.F. (artist)
Hood, Basil (writer)
Slaugher, Walter (writer)
David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Orlando Dando the Volunteer/ By/ Basil Hood/ And/ Walter Slaughter/ Milton Bode's Company/ David Allen & Sons Ltd Harrow/ London. Belfast. Manchester. (Copyright Resd.)

in black on red, truncated along upper margin

unclear from printing whether artist's initials are D.D.F. or D.D.J.


Height: 45.9 cm, Width: 72.8 cm

Descriptive line

Poster for 'Orlando Dando, the Volunteer' by Basil Hood and Walter Slaughter. Milton Bode's Company. Cast taking curtain call. UK, ca. 1898.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted



Prints; Stage costumes; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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