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Drawing - Lyceum/Pantomime

Lyceum/Pantomime

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1919 (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.74-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, <i>Dick Whittington and his Cat</i> at the Lyceum Theatre in 1919. The image is signed by the artist, E.P. Kinsella, in the bottom right hand corner, 1919.

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 1919 production of Dick Whittington and His Cat was written by Newman Maurice, with costumes by Clarkson. It starred Miss Mabel Lait as Dick Whittington, George Bass as Idle Jack, and Miss Edith Drayson as Alice, the Alderman’s daughter.

Physical description

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, <i>Dick Whittington and his cat</i> at the Lyceum Theatre in 1919. It is entitled "Puzzle, Find Dick Whittington and his cat" and shows a woodland scene with the figure of Dick Whittington and his cat concealed within it. The image is signed by the artist, E.P. Kinsella, in the bottom right hand corner, 1919.

Place of Origin

London (probably, drawn)

Date

1919 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

"Puzzle/Find Dick Whitting and his cat"
Handwritten annotation in ink, bottom left hand corner

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

Dimensions

Height: 29.9 cm, Width: 24.1 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, Dick Whittington and his cat at the Lyceum Theatre in 1919. The image is signed by the artist, E.P. Kinsella, in the bottom right hand corner, 1919

Materials

Card; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Illustration

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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