In the support trench by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
"Old Bill has practically decided to try to get Private Shinio (the ex-comedy-juggler-and-hand-balancer) transferred to another platoon." The stoicism of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather's cartoon character, Old Bill, is put to the ultimate test by an ex-acrobat comrade in the trenches. Date: 1917
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Cartoon, George Conquest outside the Eagle Tavern
Cartoon, George Conquest -- I wonder if I shall ever be back there! George Augustus Oliver Conquest (1837-1901), playwright, theatre manager, acrobat and pantomimist, looking across at the Eagle Tavern, also known as The Grecian Saloon, a public house and entertainment venue transformed into Salvation Army premises in 1882. William Booth, Salvation Army founder, stands in the doorway.
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Cartoon, acrobats advised to emigrate
Cartoon showing acrobats being advised to emigrate, possibly with their livelihoods under threat because of the Dangerous Performance Bill. The face of the Home Secretary, R A Cross, is visible in the distance (above). The Bill was withdrawn later the same month when a General Election was called.
© Terry Parker / Mary Evans Picture Library