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  • Caricature
    Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950
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  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)

  • Date:

    July 1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature is of the American performer Wieland when he was topping the bill at the Hippodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, during the week of 24 July 1905. He was billed as ‘The Great Wieland. America’s Foremost Comedy Juggler’. It is one of the many superb caricatures of Edwardian music hall performers that were drawn by the artist George Cooke when he was based at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley. He compiled them in a series of albums.

A review of his performance that week gives a flavour of his act,

Wieland is adroit and original in his manipulation of everything he takes in his hand, and there is an element of absurdity in his performance which keeps one on a titter. When he makes a slip, which is generally intentional, he punishes himself by means of a mechanism turning a handle which causes a pair of hands to box his own ears.

Physical description

Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of Wieland, full-length, dressed in a red checked shirt with frilled collar, baggy brown trousers held up with braces, a floppy red bow tie and a pork pie hat pierced through by a huge hat pin. He has a very small dog on an oversized rope lead, and is talking to a cockerel on a table.

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)


July 1905 (drawn)


Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Yours faithfully The Great Wieland July 29, 1905
Signature; Hand written; Pen and ink


Height: 25 cm, Width: 16.7 cm

Object history note

Caricature of the American performer Wieland performing at the Hippodrome, Stok-on-Trent, during the week of 24 July 1905. Wieland had appeared there previously, during the week of 23 April 1906 when he was described as 'America's Foremost Comedy Juggler'. The caricature comes from the second album of caricatures in a collection of albums owned by the Theatre Museum compiled by the graphic artist George Cooke. It is labelled by the artist 'Geo Cooke HYS BOOKE' and features music hall performers working in the early 20th century. This sheet was loose in the album, and although in the numerical sequence of the list accompanying the albums, it is earlier than others in a similar position in the album.

Descriptive line

Caricature of the Edwardian music hall performer Wieland (d.1938), from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. 29 July 1905.


Pen and ink; Watercolour


Drawn; Painted


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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