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Caricature - Joan Dowling as Aladdin
  • Joan Dowling as Aladdin
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Joan Dowling as Aladdin

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    1951-1952 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.132:1-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Joan Dowling (1927-1954) as Aladdin at the Oxford New Theatre during Christmas 1951. 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, ink and watercolour caricature of Joan Dowling as Aladdin at the New Theatre Oxford, Christmas 1951. Dated . From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)

Date

1951-1952 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper

Object history note

This caricature comes from an album of caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert J.Sommerlad (1904-1976) between December 1951 and October 1957 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, ink and watercolour caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Joan Dowling as Aladdin at the New Theatre Oxford, Christmas 1951.

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Pen

Subjects depicted

Lamp

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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