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Caricature - Bertram Dench in <i>It's a Girl</i>
  • Bertram Dench in It's a Girl
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Bertram Dench in It's a Girl

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (made)

  • Date:

    11 April 1932 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.129:11-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Bertram Dench in It's a Girl at the Brighton Theatre Royal in 11 April 1932. It was drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976), a rehearsal pianist and orchestral violinist at the Brighton Theatre Royal from 1932 until 1936, and at the Oxford New Theatre from 1936 for over forty years. Sommerlad sketched the stars on stage when he wasn't needed in the orchestra pit, compiling the sketches in a series of albums.

It's a Girl!, a farce by Austin Melford, had opened in London at the Strand Theatre in January 1932 starring Leslie Henson and Austin Melford, but the cast changed for Brighton in April of that year.

Physical description

Pencil caricature of Bertram Dench in It's a Girl, dated 11 April 1932. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Brighton (made)

Date

11 April 1932 (dated)

Artist/maker

Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Too good looking! Bertram Dench "It's a Girl!" 1932'
Pen and ink

'Gilbert Sommerlad'
Pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 12.9 cm, Width: 8.7 cm

Object history note

Gilbert Sommerlad would have played as part of the resident orchestra at the Theatre Royal Brighton when he drew this caricature. had opened in London at the Strand Theatre in January 1932, starring Leslie Henson and Austin Melford.

Descriptive line

Pencil caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Bertram Dench in It's a Girl at the Brighton Theatre Royal. Dated 11 April 1932

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Ink

Techniques

Drawn

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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