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Caricature - Adelaide Hall in <i>Love From Judy</i>
  • Adelaide Hall in Love From Judy
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Adelaide Hall in Love From Judy

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    12 May 1954 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.132:33-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Adelaide Hall (1901-1993) as Butterfly in Love From Judy by Eric Maschwitz and Jean Webster, music by Hugh Martin, at the Oxford New Theatre in May 1954. 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.

Singer Adelaide Hall, born in New York, began her career as a dancer. She appeared in the 1921 Broadway show Shuffle Along and starred at jazz clubs and in the hit Broadway revue Blackbirds of 1928. She made London her home in the 1940s, performed with E.N.S.A., and continued as a popular broadcasting and stage singer.

Physical description

Pencil, pen and watercolour caricature of Adelaide Hall in Love From Judy, New Theatre Oxford. Dated 12 May 1954. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)

Date

12 May 1954 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 22.8 cm, Width: 17.4 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 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 caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad of Adelaide Hall in Love From Judy, New Theatre Oxford, 12 May 1954.

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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