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  • Cartoon
    Haselden, William Kerridge, born 1872 - died 1953
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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (drawn)

  • Date:

    1930 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haselden, William Kerridge, born 1872 - died 1953 (drawn by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on drawing board

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of many pen and Indian ink cartoons drawn by William Kerridge Haselden (1872-1953) and reproduced in the magazine Punch from 1906 until 1936. Haselden was a self-taught artist who produced both political and theatrical cartoons, originally for Sovereign magazine from 1902-1903 and in 1904 for the next 31 years for the Daily Mirror. He was offered a knighthood by Stanley Baldwin but turned it down because he 'didn't want all that fuss'.

Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar first worked together at the end of the First World War, entertaining the troops in Belgium and France with Lena Ashwell's concert party, with Norah Blaney as the pianist and Gwen Farrar as a cellist, performing with a constant flow of repartee. They appeared in leading London and variety theatres between about 1921 to 1924, as well as in the 1921 cabaret show Pot Luck! with Jack Hulbert and Beatrice Lillie; and the 1923 André Charlot revues Rats starring Alfred Lester and Gertrude Lawrence, and Yes! at the Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London. In May 1924 they opened in another Charlot revue The Punch Bowl at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, with Alfred Lester, Sonnie Hale and Hermione Baddeley. They worked independently in the late 1920s but came together in 1930 for this production. They made a farewell appearance at the London Palladium in February 1932 but worked together again briefly to entertain the troops during the Second World War before the death of Gwen Farrar in 1944.

Physical description

Pen and black ink cartoon of Norah Blaney at the piano dressed in a polka-dot dress and wearing Minnie Mouse ears, with Norah Blaney standing behind her dressed as Mickey Mouse, with Mickey Mouse ears, playing her tail as if it were a clarinet.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (drawn)


1930 (drawn)


Haselden, William Kerridge, born 1872 - died 1953 (drawn by)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on drawing board

Marks and inscriptions

Signature in black ink recto under the image of Gwen Farrar

Miss Gwen Farrar Miss Norah Blaney "The House that Jack built" (Winter Garden) 23 April 1930: Punch
Inscribed recto under the image by the artist in black ink

Roberson's Fashion Board 'B' Surface. C.Roberson & Co. Ltd., 99 Long Acre & 155-156 Piccadilly, London
Roberson's logo with image and details of sizes of the various drawing boards verso.


Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

Object history note

This is one of a collection of drawings by W.K. Haselden given to the British Theatre Museum Association by Derek Pepys-Whiteley.

Descriptive line

Cartoon of Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney in their comedy piano and clarinet routine in The House that Jack Built, Winter Garden Theatre, 23 April 1930. Pen and ink by W.K. Haselden (1872-1944), for Punch magazine 6 January 1932. BTMA Collection.


Pen and ink; Paper; Wash




Entertainment & Leisure; Caricatures & Cartoons


Theatre and Performance Collection

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