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Handbill

1915 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This handbill advertises a variety programme at the Pavilion, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1915. It is part of a collection made by Arthur Astill, who kept posters, handbills and advertisements from theatres where he appeared in variety. In Newcastle he appeared in an 'Entirely New Act entitled 'Early Morning in a Farmyard', assisted by a Dairymaid. She was Gwen Fontaine who later appeared with him as a double act, billed as 'Mirth, Mimicry and Ventriloquism'.

Arthur Astill (1887-1962) started his career in a Pierrot Troupe known as the Olympic Serenaders. He became a solo 'mimetic and whistler' and in 1912 was described as 'the Whistling Ploughboy'. He went on to work with Gwen Fontaine (1891-1962), who he married in 1911, in sketches which used Arthur's whistling skills in impersonations of birds, and his impressions of animals and children.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Letterpress on paper
Brief description
Handbill advertising the Variety programme at the Pavilion, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for the week commencing 22 November 1915, featuring 'the second edition' of 'The Beauty Spot'; 'the Pavilion Bioscope'; Lenn Lynn, Arthur Astill (1887-1962) and a Dairymaid - Gwen Fontaine (1891-1978), and Ada Fawn. Printed by Knight and Forster.
Physical description
Typographic handbill printed in dark blue on white paper with a red border decorated with blue cross motifs, advertising the variety programme at the Pavilion Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the week commencing 22 November 1915. Featuring 'the second edition' of 'The Beauty Spot'; an item of cinema, 'the Pavilion Bioscope'; Lenn Lynn 'featuring his novelty ladder and upside-down dances', Arthur Astill and a Dairymaid (Gwen Fontaine) presenting 'Early Morning in a Farmyard', and Ada Fawn 'the favourite chorus comedienne'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23cm
  • Width: 15.2cm
Credit line
Given by Arthur Astill
Summary
This handbill advertises a variety programme at the Pavilion, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1915. It is part of a collection made by Arthur Astill, who kept posters, handbills and advertisements from theatres where he appeared in variety. In Newcastle he appeared in an 'Entirely New Act entitled 'Early Morning in a Farmyard', assisted by a Dairymaid. She was Gwen Fontaine who later appeared with him as a double act, billed as 'Mirth, Mimicry and Ventriloquism'.

Arthur Astill (1887-1962) started his career in a Pierrot Troupe known as the Olympic Serenaders. He became a solo 'mimetic and whistler' and in 1912 was described as 'the Whistling Ploughboy'. He went on to work with Gwen Fontaine (1891-1962), who he married in 1911, in sketches which used Arthur's whistling skills in impersonations of birds, and his impressions of animals and children.
Collection
Accession number
S.5024-2009

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Record createdMarch 29, 2010
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