No Title

2006ah2186 jpg l

View the V&A API .json response

Acquired in 2002 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Cooke, George
attributions_note
bibliography
'Idols of the Halls' by H. Chance Newton
collection_code
T&P
credit
date_end
1904-10-31
date_start
1904-10-01
date_text
October 1904 (drawn)
descriptive_line
Caricature of the magician Herr Fritz, from an album of caricatures drawn by George Cooke. October 1904.
dimensions
Length: 25 cm, Width: 18 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
This caricature is of the magician Herr Fritz, performing at the Grand Theatre Hanley during the week commencing 10th October 1904. He was billed as 'the World's Greatest Illustionist. As performed before the German Emperor, Fritz was an Enormous Success in the Potteries on his previous engagement.' He was on the bill with other acts including Miss Gertrella 'Phantom Dancer Gymnast' and Miss Annie Purcell 'the Celebrated Comedienne from all the Principal London Theatres' who was topping the bill that week. The 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. It is dated 1903-4-5.
id
28650
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:23:13.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:23:13.000Z
latitude
53.025139
location
In Storage
longitude
-2.18676
marks
With best wishes faithfully yours Herr Fritz. Oct 15th 1904.
materials
pen and ink, watercolour
materials_techniques
Pen and ink and wash on paper
museum_number
S.392:5-2002
museum_number_token
s39252002
object_number
O86289
object_type
Caricature
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of Herr Fritz, full-length, wearing evening dress, holding a wand in his right hand and conjuring a demon from the ground to his right.
place
Hanley
primary_image_id
2006AH2186
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This caricature is of the magician Herr Fritz when he was performing at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 10 October 1904. He was billed as ‘the world’s greatest illusionist. As performed before the German Emperor’. 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. Herr Fritz had appeared before at the Grand in August 1903, when he performed his ‘Great Horse and Jockey Illusion’ that he had performed for the Kaiser. Magicians were increasing popular in the music hall. This was especially so in London after the closure in 1904 of the Egyptian Hall, the theatre that had specialised in magic and illusion for 30 years. The conjuring of devils and demons, such as the apparition shown here, was a familiar part of a magician’s act about 1900. It had been popular since the phantasmagoria shows at fairs of the 1830s, which claimed to show spectres and ghosts. A similar demon apparition features in Cooke’s caricature of the magician Carl Hertz.
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
1904
year_start
1904