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Caricature
  • Caricature
    Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950
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Caricature

  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)

  • Date:

    November 1907 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.393:56-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature is of the comedian Harry Weldon performing his skit ‘Dick Turpentine’ at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 11 November 1907. He was billed as ‘The Swell Comedian with a Method Entirely His Own’. It is one of the many superb caricatures of Edwardian music hall performers that were drawn by the artist George Cooke and compiled in a series of albums.

Born in Liverpool in 1881, Weldon made his first appearance in music hall in Barrow in March 1900 and in London that year at the Marylebone. In 1910 he appeared with Fred Karno’s troupe and Charlie Chaplin in The Football Match at the Nottingham Empire. He was known for his eccentric clothes, eyes that seemed always shut, ponderous face and sibilant voice. His comic characters included ‘Stiffy the Goal-keeper’ and ‘Jack Sheppard’. His catchphrases included ‘‘s no use’ and ‘Tell them what I did to Colin Bell’, which he used after 1914, when the Australian heavyweight boxer was knocked out at Olympia. Weldon died in 1930.

Physical description

Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of the music hall performer and comedian Harry Weldon as the highwayman 'Dick Turpentine' shown full-length, wearing a tricorn hat, a red 18th-century coat with frilled cuffs, a brown waistcoat, black trousers, brown riding boots and a checked scarf. In his right hand he holds a pistol, while in the background there are silhouette images of a stocking and a donkey.

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)

Date

November 1907 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Cooke, George Harold, born 1881 - died 1950 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

I wish you all I can. Harry Weldon. 21/11/1907
Signature; Hand written; Pen and ink

THIS TOOK A BIT OF GETTING

WHOA BESS

DICK TURPENTINE

I SHOULD HAVE AN OLD BULLET SOMEWHERE

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm, Width: 16.8 cm

Object history note

This caricature is of the music hall performer and comedian Harry Weldon (1881-1930) appearing at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 18 November 1907. Born in Liverpool, Weldon made his first appearance at the Tivoli Music Hall, Barrow in March 1900, and in London in November 1900 at the Marylebone Music Hall. The caricature comes from the second album of caricatures in a collection compiled by the graphic artist George Cooke. It is labelled by the artist 'Geo Cooke HYS BOOKE' and features music hall performers working in the early 20th century.

Descriptive line

Caricature of the music hall comedian Harry Weldon (1882-1930), from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. November 1907.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Performer 21 June 1906

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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