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Caricature - Wendy Bowman in <i>Humpty Dumpty</i>
  • Wendy Bowman in Humpty Dumpty
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Wendy Bowman in Humpty Dumpty

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    7 February 1968 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.134:19-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Wendy Bowman in Humpty Dumpty at the Oxford New Theatre in February 1968. 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.

Physical description

Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash caricature of Wendy Bowman in Humpty Dumpty at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 7 February 1968. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)

Date

7 February 1968 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 25.2 cm approximately, Width: 18.7 cm approximately

Object history note

This caricature comes from an album of caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn (with one exception) by Gilbert J.Sommerlad (1904-1976) between December 1965 and September 1971 at the Oxford New Theatre. Gilbert Sommerlad moved from Brighton to the recently built New Theatre, Oxford, to join his brother Roy (violin and clarinet) as resident pianist in 1936. He continued with his caricatures until his retirement.

Descriptive line

Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Wendy Bowman in Humpty Dumpty at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 7 February 1968

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Pen

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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