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

  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)

  • Date:

    September 1907 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.393:55-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature is of Harry Lauder starring at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 23 September 1907. 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.

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 Argyll 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 to 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 the music hall performer Harry Lauder, full-length, hatted, standing with one hand in his pocket, wearing a kilt, a tweed jacket and waistcoat with a green tartan tie and a sporran. In his right hand he holds his trademark twisted walking stick.

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)

Date

September 1907 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

TOBERMORY Splendid! Yours sincerely Harry Lauder
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 Harry Lauder (1870-1950) starring at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 23 September 1907. Lauder was the Scotsman who became one of the most internationally recognised of all British music-hall stars but who worked as a miner for ten years before appearing with Scottish concert parties. He first appeared in England in 1896 at the Argyle Theatre Birkenhead as an Irish comedian, but became an overnight sensation in 1900 after appearing at Gatti's music hall in London singing Scottish songs.

Descriptive line

Caricature of the Scottish singer and music hall performer Harry Lauder (1870-1950), from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. September 1907.

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure; Scotland

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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