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Delpini, Carlo Antonio (c. 1740–1828), pantomimist  

Brenda Assael

Delpini, Carlo Antonio (c. 1740–1828), pantomimist, was born in Rome, possibly in the parish of San Martino, and was a pupil of Nicolini. His first London engagement was apparently with David Garrick at Drury Lane in 1774, although two years later, on 26 December 1776 at ...

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Graves, George Windsor (1873–1949), comedian  

W. J. Macqueen-Pope

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Graves, George Windsor (1873–1949), comedian, was born at 13 Mare Street, Hackney, London, on 2 January 1873, the youngest child of Thomas Graves, a publican, and his second wife, Martha Alice, daughter of John Mulvey, a compositor. From early childhood it was his desire to be an actor although he had no theatrical ancestry. He left ...

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Grimaldi, Joseph [Joe] (1778–1837), actor and pantomimist  

Jane Moody

Grimaldi, Joseph [Joe] (1778–1837), actor and pantomimist, was born on 18 December 1778 in Stanhope Street, Clare Market, London, into a family of dancers and clowns (he claimed, it appears falsely, to have been born a year later). His paternal grandfather, Giovanni Battista ‘Iron Legs’ Grimaldi...

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Grimaldi, Joseph (1778–1837)  

Maker: Samuel De Wilde

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Joseph Grimaldi (1778–1837) by Samuel De Wilde, c. 1807 [as Clown in Harlequin and Mother Goose, or, The Golden Egg] Garrick Club / the art archive

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Lee, (Richard) Nelson (1806–1872), pantomimist and theatrical entrepreneur  

Alan Ruston

Lee, (Richard) Nelson (1806–1872), pantomimist and theatrical entrepreneur, claimed that he was born on 8 January 1806 at Kew, Surrey. This is unverified, but may be supported by the record of a baptism at St Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic church, Richmond, on 12 January 1806...

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Payne, William Henry Schofield (1803–1878), actor and pantomimist  

G. C. Boase

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Payne, William Henry Schofield (1803–1878), actor and pantomimist, was born on 25 June 1803 in the City of London the son of William Payne and his wife, Alice Schofield, and was apprenticed to Isaac Cowen, a stockbroker. When he was in his eighteenth year he ran away, and joined a travelling theatre company on the ...

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Rich, John (1692–1761), pantomimist and theatre manager  

Phyllis T. Dircks

Rich, John (1692–1761), pantomimist and theatre manager, the fifth of the seven children (of whom only two sons survived) of Christopher Rich (bap. 1647, d. 1714), a London attorney and theatre manager, and his wife, Sarah Bewley (bap. 1662, d. 1694), was baptized on 19 May 1692 at ...

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Rich, John (1692–1761)  

Maker: unknown artist

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John Rich (1692–1761) by unknown artist, 1753 [as Harlequin] Garrick Club / the art archive

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Robey, Sir George (1869–1954)  

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Sir George Robey (1869–1954) by unknown photographer V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Robey, Sir George [real name George Edward Wade] (1869–1954), comedian  

James Harding

Robey, Sir George [real name George Edward Wade] (1869–1954), comedian, was born on 20 September 1869 at 334 Kennington Road, London, the elder of two sons of George Wade, civil engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth Mary Keene. He also had two sisters. His father often worked on tramway installations which took him and his family to the provinces and abroad, with the result that ...

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Tripp, William John Charles Spencer [Jack] (1922–2005)  

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William John Charles Spencer Tripp (1922–2005) by unknown photographer, 1994 © Photoshot

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Tripp, William John Charles Spencer [Jack] (1922–2005), comedian and pantomime artist  

Jonathan Cecil

Tripp, William John Charles Spencer [Jack] (1922–2005), comedian and pantomime artist, was born at 59 Treville Street, Plymouth, on 4 February 1922, the only son of William Pinkham Tripe (1886–1958), a general labourer but later a master baker adopting the surname ...

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Woodward, Henry (1714–1777), actor and pantomimist  

Richard Allen Cave

Woodward, Henry (1714–1777), actor and pantomimist, was born in Southwark, London, on 2 October 1714, the eldest son of a tallow chandler in Southwark, and was initially apprenticed in his father's trade. From 1724 to 1728 he attended Merchant Taylors' School, where he became noted for his quick wits. It is not certain how he obtained an introduction to ...

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Woodward, Henry (1714–1777)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Henry Woodward (1714–1777) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1759–62 The Lord Egremont. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London