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Drawing - The Lyceum Pantomime, Cinderella

The Lyceum Pantomime, Cinderella

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1918 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kinsella, E. P. (artist)
    Unknown (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Andrew Melville

  • Museum number:

    S.4623-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pen and ink illustration advertising the twice daily performances of The Lyceum Pantomime, Cinderella . The image is signed by the artist, E.P.Kinsella, in the bottom left hand corner, 1918.

Between 1909 and 1938 the Lyceum Theatre was run by the Melville Brothers, Walter (1875-1937) and Frederick (1876-1938). During this period the theatre established a reputation for staging some of the West End’s premier pantomimes, rivalling those staged at the traditional home of pantomime, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Many of the elaborate pantomimes staged at the Lyceum during this period were written by Frederick Melville. They were often written in rhyming couplets, with deliberately dreadful puns. As well as seeking to restore the narrative elements of pantomime, the Melvilles recognised the importance of spectacle, investing in stunning scenery and costumes. They also indulged in a great deal of “Slap-stick” and the comedians they employed specialised in plate-smashing, messy cake-making in the palace kitchens, and very messy “papering the parlour” scenes.

The 1918 production of Cinderella starred Miss Nancy Gibbs as Cinderella, Miss Alice Lloyd as Dandini (Valet to the Prince), Mr. George Bass as Buttons. The costumes were designed and made by Willie Clarkson and the script was written by Newman Maurice.

Physical description

Pen and ink illustration advertising the twice daily performances of The Lyceum Pantomime, Cinderella at 2.00 and 7.30pm. It shows the heroine dressed in rags at the top centre, her fairy godmother at the right hand side a glass slipper surmounting her wand. Cinderella is gazing down upon the scene below in which there is a large pumpkin, four mice and a newt. The image has been signed by the artist, E.P.Kinsella, in the bottom right hand corner, 1918.

Place of Origin

London (probably, drawn)

Date

1918 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Kinsella, E. P. (artist)
Unknown (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

"The Lyceum Pantomime/Cinderella/Twice Daily/at 2 & 730"
Handwritten annotation in ink.

"E.P.Kinsella"
Handwritten artist's signature in the bottom right hand corner

"4 1/2 inch wide/X/the proportion"
Handwritten annotation in blue pencil crayon on the rear of the sketch

"Lyceum 1931"
Handwritten annotation in pencil on the rear of the sketch.

Dimensions

Height: 30.7 cm, Width: 26.4 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink illustration advertising the twice daily performances of The Lyceum Pantomime, Cinderella . The image is signed by the artist, E.P.Kinsella, in the bottom right hand corner, 1918

Materials

Card; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Illustration

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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