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Caricature - Sian Phillips in <i>The Holiday</i>
  • Sian Phillips in The Holiday
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Sian Phillips in The Holiday

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    19 September 1958 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.133:14-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Sian Phillips (b.1934) as Margaret Muir in The Holiday by John Hall at Oxford New Theatre in September 1958. 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.

Sian Phillips made her first appearance on the London stage in 1957 in the title role of Hedda Gabler. Since then she has appeared in numerous stage and film roles, including the films Becket (1964), the musical re-make of Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969) and Under Milk Wood (1971), in all of which she appeared with Peter O’Toole, then her husband.

Physical description

Pencil, pen and ink and wash caricature of Sian Phillips in The Holiday at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 19 September 1958. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)

Date

19 September 1958 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 26.7 cm, Width: 19.1 cm

Object history note

This caricature comes from an album of caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert J.Sommerlad (1904-1976) between October 1957 and October 1965 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 and wash caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad of Sian Phillips in The Holiday at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 19 September 1958.

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Pen

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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