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Drawing - Kate Vaughan

Kate Vaughan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1870-1900s (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour paint on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Kate Vaughan was a Victorian burlesque dancer and actress, known for developing the "skirt dance" - a more demure form of the can-can - and was often described as "the greatest dancer of her time". Vaughan had a seven-year engagement at the Gaiety Theatre between 1876 and 1883, where the skirt dance became popular and was regularly performed by the theatre's chorus line, the "Gaiety Girls". Vaughan retired from dancing in 1885, and later enjoyed considerable success as an actress in classic comedies.

Physical description

Watercolour sketch of Kate Vaughan wearing a white long-sleeved dress with a blue sash at the waist and blue ribbon at the hem of the skirt. She wears blue stockings and white shoes. She wears a woven straw hat with a blue sash adorned with flowers. She holds her skirt in her hands. She stands against a backdrop of trees with lanterns in the branches.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca.1870-1900s (drawn)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour paint on card


Width: 17.4 cm, Height: 21.8 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour sketch of Kate Vaughan


Watercolour; Card


Sketching; Painting


Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings; Theatre; Dance


Theatre and Performance Collection

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