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Caricature
  • Caricature
    Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950
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Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)

  • Date:

    August 1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.392:24-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Harry Lauder performing his song ‘The Saftest of the Family’ at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 28 August 1905. 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. He compiled them in a series of albums.

The other songs that Lauder sang at Hanley were ‘She’s ma Daisy’ and ‘Stop yer Tickling Jock’. In ‘The Saftest of the Family’ Lauder was an overgrown schoolboy relating the excuses he gave his teacher for his naughtiness.

Born near Edinburgh in 1870, Harry Lauder became one of the most internationally recognised of all British music hall stars. He had worked as a miner for ten years before he appeared with Scottish concert parties. ‘The little wee man with the twinkling eyes’ first appeared in England in 1896 at the Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead, as an Irish comedian. He became an overnight sensation in 1900 after performing Scottish songs at Gatti’s music hall in London. His greatest songs included ‘I Love a Lassie’, which was first sung in pantomime in Glasgow in 1905, ‘Stop Your Ticklin’ Jock’ and ‘Keep Right On Till the End of the Road’. ‘Tobermory’ was one of Lauder’s popular songs, which he later recorded. He sang his songs in costumes related to their themes, and often carried the twisted walking stick seen here. He was knighted in 1919 and entertained the troops in concert parties in both World Wars. He died in 1950.

Physical description

Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of Harry Lauder, full-length, as a boy character holding a slate in his left hand and wearing a flat grey tweed cap, a brown jacket, beige knee-length trousers, a red scarf and unlaced boots.

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)

Date

August 1905 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

"The Saftest o' the Family" "Sure as Daith" Harry Lauder
Signature; Hand written; Pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 23.6 cm, Width: 16.6 cm

Object history note

This caricature is of the music hall performer Harry Lauder (1870-1950), performing his song 'The Saftest of the Family' at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 28 August 1905. The caricature is loose in the album, which explains why is it not in a chronological order with other caricatures in the album.

Lauder was one of the most internationally celebrated of all British music hall stars, known as 'the Laird of the Halls'. Born in Portobello, Scotland he spent ten years as a miner, and made his first professional appearance with a concert party in 1892, later touring in variety for Moss and Thornton. He made his first appearance in England at the Argyle, Birkenhead in 1896 as an Irish comedian, and in 1896 with David Munro's Northern Concert Party. He was an overnight success in April 1900 when he appeared at Gatti's music hall in London singing Scottish songs, after which he regularly appeared at up to four London halls a night for seven months a year. His greatest songs included 'I Love a Lassie', 'Roamin' in the Gloamin' and 'Stop Your Ticklin' Jock'. He worked as a concert party entertainer during both World Wars and received his knighthood in 1919. The caricature comes from the first of several albums compiled by the graphic artist George Cooke, featuring performers working in music hall in the early 20th century. The album is dated 1903-4-5.

Descriptive line

Caricature of the music hall performer and singer Harry Lauder (1870-1950) performing his song 'The Saftest of the Family', from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. August 1905.

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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