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

  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)

  • Date:

    October 1906 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.393:36-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature is of George Lashwood topping the bill at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 22 October 1906. 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 in Hanley. He compiled them in a series of albums.

George Lashwood (1863–1942) made his first provincial stage appearance in 1883 and his London debut at the Middlesex Music Hall in 1893. He was known as the ‘Beau Brummell of the Halls’ because of his sartorial style of dress. He became successful for singing popular and patriotic songs, including ‘The Death and Glory Boys’, ‘The Gallant Twenty-First’, ‘Where Are the Lads from the Village Tonight?’, ‘After the Ball’ and ‘In the Twi-Twi-Light’. At Hanley he sang the song ‘On Top of the Tramcar’ and performed a ‘scena’ called ‘West End’. He was ‘vociferously recalled and applauded’ for these.

Physical description

Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of George Lashwood, head and shoulders, showing him wearing a stiff white collar and white bow tie.

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)

Date

October 1906 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

FOL-THE -ROL-OL
Hand written; Pen and ink

Your very truly Geo Lashwood 24-10-06
Signature; Hand written; Pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm, Width: 16.8 cm

Object history note

This caricature is of the music hall performer the comedian and 'descriptive vocalist' George Lashwood (1863-1942), known as the 'Beau Brummell of the Halls', who became successful for singing popular and patriotic songs. He retired after the first world war to farm in Worcestershire. The caricature comes from the second album of caricatures in a collection of albums 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.

Descriptive line

Caricature of the music hall comedian and singer George Lashwood (1863-1942), from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. October 1906.

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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