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Pre 1897 thumbnails
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Neg. No: 001
Neg. Size: 12"x10"
Neg. Date: 00-00-0000

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Sitter: Dan Leno, born George Wild Galvin (1860-1904) and his wife Sarah Lydia Reynolds

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Biog: Dan Leno: music hall artist; Sarah Lydia Reynolds: comedy singer

Date: Dan Leno, born George Wild Galvin (1860-1904) and his wife Sarah Lydia Reynolds, m 1884

Occasion: c July 1902

[A slight variation of the V&A portrait appeared in The Tatler on 23 July 1902, page 151. The reproduction is credited to Lafayette, and the caption reads: “Mr. Dan Leno and his wife: The King’s Jester at the Coronation Bazaar, shown with a diamond for sale (in shape of an orange on the squirt); His wife [holding a doll] is standing by his side.”]

NB Imperial Coronation Bazaar held at the Royal Botanical Gardens [Regents Park] on 10, 11 and 12 July in aid of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond-street. The Times, Thursday, Jun 12, 1902; pg. 12; Issue 36792; col B

Full report of the Coronation Bazaar at The Times, Thursday, Jul 10, 1902; pg. 11; Issue 36816; col A

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Descr: HL

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Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.



Dan Leno, by J. Hickory Wood, Methuen, 1905

The Funniest Man On Earth, by Gyles Brandreth, Hamilton, 1977

Dan Leno: Hys Life, by Dan Leno, Greening & Co, 1899

Northern Music Hall, by G.J. Mellor, Graham, 1970

Harlequinade, by Constance Collier, John Lane, 1929

Fairs, Circuses and Music Halls, by M. Willson Disher, Collins, 1942

British Music Hall, by Ramond Mander and Joe Mitchenson, Studio Vista, 1965

The Melodies Linger On, by W. Macqueen Pope, Allen, 1950

Folksong and Music Hall, by Edward Lee, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982

Bransby Williams, by Bransby Williams, Hutchinson, 1954

Occasion: The Tatler, 23 July 1902, p 151

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