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Drawing - Dan Leno at the Tivoli

Dan Leno at the Tivoli

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1891 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thos. (artists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on paper, mounted on card

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.762-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pen and ink caricature drawing of Dan Leno, signed Thos and captioned 'Dan Leno at the Tivoli'. ca. 1891.

Dan Leno (1860-1904) was a star of the music halls in the 1880s and 1890s who became known as the 'Funniest Man on Earth'. Born George Galvin in London, the son of music hall performers, he started his career as a child performer, appearing with his brother and his uncle Johnny Danvers, dancing in public houses all over England. By the age of 18 Dan was a champion clog-dancer, and he and Danvers were engaged by George Conquest for pantomime at London's Surrey Theatre. In 1889 he went to Drury Lane Theatre where he excelled as pantomime Dame, returning for several years as Sister Anne, and Widow Twankey.

Physical description

Pen and ink caricature drawing showing Dan Leno, full length, running, holding a top hat in his left hand.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

ca. 1891 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Thos. (artists)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper, mounted on card

Marks and inscriptions

'[illegible] Theatrical / Dan Leno at the Tivoli'
inscribed in ink, beneath image

'Thos.'
artist's signature, lower right of image

Dimensions

Height: 22.1 cm drawing, Width: 16 cm drawing, Height: 22.4 cm mount, Width: 16.1 cm mount

Descriptive line

Pen and ink caricature drawing of Dan Leno (1860-1904), signed Thos and captioned 'Dan Leno at the Tivoli'. ca. 1891

Materials

Ink; Paper; Card

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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