Dan Leno “Our Stores Ltd” [Musical Comedy]
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Dan Leno “Our Stores Ltd” [Musical Comedy]

1897. Colour lithograph, signed and dated “H. Evans, 1897” in image lower left, 76 x 51.4cm. Repaired tears and missing portions, creases. Linen-backed.

Text continues “Empire Palace, Hurst Street. Monday, November 15, 1897. E. Weller, Lith., 42 Demark Hill, London, S.E.”

George Wild Galvin (1860–1904), also known as Dan Leno, was a prominent English music hall comedian and musical theatre actor during the late Victorian era. By 1901 “everyone in Britain knew who he was. They had seen him live on the music hall stage, listened to his jokes on the new gramophone and watched his funny antics in some of the earliest moving pictures. Even King Edward VII was a fan and the popular press dubbed Dan Leno ‘The King’s Jester.’” Leno’s unique humour and style seems to have had a major influence on contemporary comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, who was often compared to him, and later Spike Milligan and the Monty Python team. Ref: Wiki; Bloomsbury Publishing’s precis of the book by Barry Anthony, The King’s Jester: the life of Dan Leno, Victorian comic genius, 2010.

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Item #CL200-4

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