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Drawing - Lyceum/Pantomime

Lyceum/Pantomime

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1916-7 (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.76-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, <i>Mother Goose</i> at the Lyceum Theatre in 1916-7. The image is signed by the artist, E.P. Kinsella, 1916-7.

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.

Physical description

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, <i>Mother Goose</i> at the Lyceum Theatre in 1916-7. It shows a large goose, the goose is being clasped tightly by a woman, positioned on the left hand side of the sketch, whilst two men pull hard at its tail feathers. The image is signed by the artist, E.P.Kinsella, in the bottom left hand corner, 1916-7.

Place of Origin

London (probably, drawn)

Date

1916-7 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

"Lyceum/Mother Goose"
Handwritten annotation in ink

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

Dimensions

Height: 37.8 cm, Width: 27.3 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink illustration advertising a production of the pantomime, Mother Goose at the Lyceum Theatre in 1916-7, signed by the artist, E.P. Kinsella, 1916-7

Materials

Card; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Illustration

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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