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2006ah2150 jpg l

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Acquired in 2002 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Cooke, George
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
T&P
credit
date_end
1904-06-30
date_start
1904-06-01
date_text
June 1904 (drawn)
descriptive_line
Caricature of the banjo player Will Pettitt, from an album of caricatures by George Cooke. Dated 18 June 1904.
dimensions
Height: 25 cm, Width: 18 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
This caricature is of the banjo player Will Pettitt, performing at The Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week commencing 11 June 1904. He was on the bill of a presentation of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', a production advertised as featuring a 'Full Chorus of Real Negroes and Freed Slaves'. He was billed as 'Will Pettitt, Banjoist'. Other perfomers billed separately were Sylvia Stella 'Plantation Songstress and Dancer'; Inky Jones 'Eccentric Dancer'; William H. Nott 'the Celebrated Coloured Tenor'; Shorty May 'Acrobatic Dancer' and Dinah Washington 'Octoroon Ballad Vocalist'. The caricature comes from the first of several albums compiled by the graphic artist George Cooke when he was based at the Grand Theatre Hanley, featuring performers working in the music hall in the early 20th century. The album is dated 1903-4-5.
id
29225
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:25:24.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:25:24.000Z
latitude
53.025139
location
In Storage
longitude
-2.18676
marks
Yours sincerely Will Pettitt. June 18 1904
materials
pen and ink, watercolour
materials_techniques
Pen and ink and wash on paper
museum_number
S.392:2-2002
museum_number_token
s39222002
object_number
O84796
object_type
Caricature
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Pen, ink and wash caricature on pink paper of Will Pettitt, full-length, playing the ukulele, wearing evening dress, his right foot resting on the seat of a chair.
place
Hanley
primary_image_id
2006AH2150
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This caricature is of the banjo player Will Pettitt when he was performing on a tenor banjo at the Grand Theatre of Varieties, Hanley, during the week of 11 June 1904. 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. Pettitt was on the bill as an item in the musical show Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His banjo was probably made in America. The craze for banjo playing came to Great Britain from the USA in the mid-1880s. At this time thousands of pieces of music for the banjo were published, from marches and dances to arrangements of operatic music. In early 19th-century America the banjo was primarily associated with minstrel groups. By about 1900 it was also appreciated as a versatile solo instrument that could sustain an item on a music hall or variety bill, played by elegantly dressed performers such as Pettitt.
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3
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site_code
slug
caricature-cooke-george
sys_updated
2014-06-03T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1904
year_start
1904