Geo: Grossmith [pencil signature.]
London, Published Jany. 23rd 1888 by F.C. McQueen & Sons 181 Tottenham Court Road W. Stiefbold & Co. Berlin Knoedler & Co. New York. Copyright registered.
Etching on thin india paper, very rare, signed by artist and etcher (unidentified), image 285 x 350mm. 11¼ x 13¾". Two repaired tears in margins, outside image.
George Grossmith (1847 - 1912), entertainer and author. Grossmith is best remembered for creating a series of characters in the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and for writing the comic novel, Diary of a Nobody (1892). He was also famous in his day for performing his own comic sketches. His first engagement was in 1870 with a nightly spot at the Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, and during the next few years he gave countless entertainments at literary institutes and public halls. His 'sketches' included anecdotes, satirical commentary and comic songs. For twelve years from 1877, Grossmith played the chief comic part in all of Gilbert and Sullivan's operas, including Sir Joseph Porter, in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance. After a painting by Walter Weedon Grossmith (1854 - 1919), younger brother of the sitter. Having studied at the Royal Academy schools and the Slade School he became a painter, and exhibited at the Royal Academy and Grosvenor Gallery. In 1885 he went on the stage, and soon made a hit as Lord Arthur Pomeroy in Cecil Clay's 'A Pantomime Rehearsal'.
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