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  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, printed)

  • Date:

    ca.1903 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Harry Tate (187201940), born Ronald McDonald Hutchison, assumed his stage name from the company Henry Tate & Sons, Sugar Refiners, for whom he worked before becoming a professional performer. He first appeared under it at the Oxford Music Hall on 13 April 1895 when his early act consisted of sketches in which he mimicked music-hall stars of the day, using clip-on paper costumes to allow as many as forty-two changes in one act. He went on to develop various sketches based on middle-class leisure pursuits such as fishing, golfing and gardening which he performed with a small company.

Flying was another popular sketch for Tate’s company on the music halls, inspired by the contemporary craze for aviation.

Physical description

Colour lithograph poster printed in yellow, black, orange and red, showing Harry Tate's face as the central hub of an aeroplane propellor flying over the Hudson River and a steamer below leaving Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Overposted with two slips to advertise the appearance at Hunstanton. Printed by David Allen & Sons.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, printed)


ca.1903 (printed)


David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph on paper


Height: 76.1 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Descriptive line

Poster advertising the Variety sketch Flying performed by Harry Tate (1872-1940) at the Town Hall Theatre, Hunstanton, Norfolk, 23 July, n.y. Colour lithograph printed by David Allen & Sons Ltd.


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Aviator; Transportation; Propellor; Aeroplane; Boy; Axe; Steamship; Statue of Liberty




Theatre and Performance Collection

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