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Caricature - Roy Fox
  • Roy Fox
    Sommerlad, Gilbert, born 1904 - died 1976
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Roy Fox

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    16 April 1936 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature shows the band leader Roy Fox (1901-1982) at the Oxford New Theatre on 16 April 1936. 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.

Roy Fox was born in Denver, Colorado, and arrived in Britain in 1930 as an established band-leader. He performed at the Café de Paris with an eight piece all-American line-up, but made his name through a Decca recording contract and by becoming resident band-leader at the Monsigneur Restaurant in Piccadilly for which he assembled some excellent British musicians including singer Al Bowlly. Fox and his band appeared at the Palladium in December 1930 and he eventually formed a second band which proved popular during its time at the Café Anglais. Over the next few years he did a round of club and stage performances, backed up by radio broadcasts and studio dates. In 1938 he went to Australia, only returning to Britain in the postwar years.

Physical description

Pencil caricature of the band leader Roy Fox, New Theatre, Oxford, 16 April 1936. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)


16 April 1936 (dated)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Best wishes Roy Fox'
Pen and ink inscription by Roy Fox

Pencil inscription by Gilbert Sommerlad.


Height: 19 cm, Width: 11 cm

Object history note

Gilbert Sommerlad was a member of the resident orchestra at the New Theatre, Oxford when he drew this caricature.

Descriptive line

Pencil caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of the band leader Roy Fox, New Theatre, Oxford, 16 April 1936.


Pencil; Paper; Ink




Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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