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Caricature - Max Miller
  • Max Miller
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Max Miller

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (made)

  • Date:

    12 March 1932 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.131:7-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Max Miller (1894-1963) at the Brighton Theatre Royal in March 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.

Max Miller, with his trademark flower-patterned suit, was one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comics from the 1930s to the 1950s. He entertained fellow soldiers during the war, beginning his career with a concert party in his home town Brighton, and was famous for his mastery of a live audience. His risqué humour earned him the nickname ‘The Cheeky Chappie’ and a 5-year ban from BBC radio.

Physical description

Pencil caricature of Max Miller at the Brighton Theatre Royal, entitled 'Cheeky Chappie'. Dated 12 March 1932. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Brighton (made)

Date

12 March 1932 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

"To a good Artist from one who would like to be. Max Miller. 12.3.32
Pen and ink inscription by Max Miller

CHEEKY CHAPPIE
Pencil inscription by Gilbert Sommerlad

Dimensions

Height: 11.6 cm, Width: 9.6 cm

Object history note

Gilbert Sommerlad was a member of the resident orchestra at the Theatre Royal Brighton when he drew this caricature.

Descriptive line

Pencil caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Max Miller at the Brighton Theatre Royal, entitled 'Cheeky Chappie'. Dated 12 March 1932.

Materials

Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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