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2006ah2163 jpg l

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Acquired in 2002 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Cooke, George
attributions_note
bibliography
'The Performer' 24 March 1910, p.7 'NOTICE! After completing contracts entered into, my brother will continue with the 'Lazy' Act iuunder the same name. TOM HEARN'
collection_code
T&P
credit
date_end
1905-05-31
date_start
1905-05-01
date_text
May 1905 (drawn)
descriptive_line
Caricature of Tom Hearn (1879-1954), billed in the music hall as 'The Laziest Juggler on Earth', or 'The Sleepy Juggler', from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. May 1905.
dimensions
Height: 24.3 cm, Width: 16.8 cm
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event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
This caricature is of the juggler Tom Hearn (1879-1954), billed in the halls as 'The Sleepy Juggler', or 'The Laziest Juggler on Earth'. Juggling was a popular item in the halls, and one that was included on the bill at one of London's grandest variety theatre, the Coliseum, which opened in 1904 giving four performances a day, later reduced to three - at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm. Oswald Stoll, the managing director of the company that owned the Coliseum, prided himself on all the acts being suitable for all the family, although Tom Hearn was on the bill there with Malcolm Scott, who unlike Hearn, was not exactly a children's entertainer. Hearn topped the bill at the Grand Theatre of Varieties during the week commencing 15 May 1905 when he was drawn by Cooke. This caricature comes from the first of several albums compiled by the graphic artist George Cooke, featuring performers working in music hall in the early 20th century. The album is dated 1903-4-5.
id
10668
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:56:37.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:56:37.000Z
latitude
53.025139
location
In Storage
longitude
-2.18676
marks
Tom Hearn
materials
pen and ink, watercolour
materials_techniques
Pen and ink and wash on paper
museum_number
S.392:37-2002
museum_number_token
s392372002
object_number
O86253
object_type
Caricature
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of Tom Hearn, full-length, dressed as a failed body-builder, wearing a white T-shirt and red striped pyjama bottoms. He is flexing non-existent muscles and looking longingly at a poster showing the fitness expert Eugene Sandow.
place
Hanley
primary_image_id
2006AH2163
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This caricature is of Tom Hearn (1879-1954) when he was topping the bill at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 15 May 1905. It is one of the many superb caricatures of Edwardian music hall performers that were drawn by the artist George Cooke when he was based at the Grand Theatre. He compiled them in a series of albums. Juggling was a popular music hall item. Many jugglers gave their acts a twist by creating characters for themselves, such as Eddie Le Roy, ‘The Juggling Humorist’, Roy Dove, ‘The Garrulous Juggledian’, and Boy Foy, ‘England’s Youngest Juggler’. Hearn was ‘The Sleepy Juggler’ or ‘The Laziest Juggler on Earth’. When London’s grandest variety theatre, the Coliseum, opened in 1904, Tom Hearn was on the bill, along with Malcolm Scott, another performer who was drawn by Cooke. Hearn also appeared as Snale in the pantomime The White Cat at London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1904-05, when he also performed his lazy juggling act. This caricature shows Hearn in pyjamas, in the moment from his act when he has finally got out of bed to start his morning exercises and is looking wistfully at a poster of the contemporary strongman, Eugene Sandow. In March 1910 Hearn gave up his act, which was carried on by his brother under the same name.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
caricature-cooke-george
sys_updated
2014-06-03T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
drawn, Painted
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1905
year_start
1905