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Miss Marie Lloyd

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1899 (photographed)
    ca.1899 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Langfier, Louis Saul (photographer)
    David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the estate of Ned Sherrin in memory of Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin

  • Museum number:

    S.219-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Poster advertising Marie Lloyd (1870-1922). Printed by David Allen & Sons Ltd., from a photograph by Louis Saul Langfier, Glasgow, ca.1899.

In the late 19th century most major music hall and variety performers needed their own posters which they would submit to the managers of the music halls and theatres where they would be appearing. The posters would be overpasted with details and dates. This one was produced for the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’ Marie Lloyd, whose career spanned 40 years.

Marie Lloyd first appeared at the Eagle Tavern in London aged 15 as Bella Delmare, singing ‘My Soldier Laddie’. By 1885 she had become Marie Lloyd with her hit song ‘The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery’. She was a huge success and topped the bill at West End music halls. Her songs were full of innuendo and double meaning. ‘She’d never had her ticket punched before’ and ‘Oh Mr Porter what shall I do?’ appeared innocent on first reading but took on a very saucy interpretation when performed by Miss Lloyd.

Physical description

Photographic poster with a cream border and a green background advertising the music hall singer Marie Lloyd. Taken from a photograph by Langfier of a head and shoulders portrait of Marie Lloyd wearing a black beaded cap with an ermine and ostrich feather band, pearl drop earrings and a single pearl strand necklace. The poster has the name of the photographer in brown lettering under the image, lower left, the name of the printer in blue lower right, and is titled under the image in large uppercase brown typeface: 'MISS MARIE LLOYD'.

Place of Origin

Glasgow (photographed)

Date

ca.1899 (photographed)
ca.1899 (printed)

Artist/maker

Langfier, Louis Saul (photographer)
David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper

Dimensions

Height: 76.4 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Object history note

The poster is dated to about 1899 since the address of the printer David Allen is given as London and Harrow, and it was in 1899 that David Allen began operations from Harrow as well as Central London. The photographer of this portrait of Marie Lloyd is known to have worked from premises in Hope Street, Glasgow from 1894 until 1898 and in Edinburgh from 1904, so it is probable that he was still working in Glasgow in 1899, although from a different address.

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Marie Lloyd (1870-1922). Printed by David Allen & Sons Ltd., from a photograph by Louis Saul Langfier, Glasgow, ca.1899

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Subjects depicted

Pearls; Ostrich feathers

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Scotland

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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