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Caricature - Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler, and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in <i>Musical Chairs</i>
  • Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler, and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in Musical Chairs
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler, and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in Musical Chairs

  • Object:

    Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (made)

  • Date:

    23 September 1932 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Sommerlad

  • Museum number:

    S.129:13-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in Musical Chairs at the Brighton Theatre Royal on 23 September 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.

The comedy Musical Chairs by Ronald Mackenzie opened in London at the Criterion Theatre in April 1932, starring John Gielgud as Joseph Schindler and Carol Goodner as Irene Baumer. Advertised as 'direct from the Criterion, London', it ran in Brighton for the week of 19 September but with a different cast, as was often the case with post-London tours.

Physical description

Pencil caricature of Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler, and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in Musical Chairs at the Theatre Royal Brighton. Dated 23 September 1932. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Brighton (made)

Date

23 September 1932 (dated)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 8.7 cm, Width: 10.6 cm

Object history note

Gilbert Sommerlad would have played as part of the resident orchestra at the Theatre Royal Brighton when he drew this caricature.

Descriptive line

Pencil caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Basil Bartlett as Joseph Schindler, and Meriel Forbes-Robertson as Irene Baumer in Musical Chairs, Brighton Theatre Royal. Dated 23 September 1932.

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Ink

Techniques

Drawn

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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