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Entertainers Collection

"Captivating and Versatile: The World of Entertainers" Step right up and witness the enchanting world of entertainers

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Female contortionist Diana Gaye playing records

Female contortionist Diana Gaye playing records
The female contortionist Diana Gaye in the sitting room, putting a record on the record player, with an array of the latest LP covers on display. Date: 1971

Background imageEntertainers Collection: George Formby

George Formby
Entertainer George Formby (1904-1961) and his wife Beryl Formby, nee Ingham (1901-1960), also a variety artist. Date: 1940

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians and entertainers

Portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians and entertainers
In Vanity Fair -- portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians, entertainers and others, on a stage and below. Top row, left to right: Lord Salisbury and William Gladstone (on canvas)

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Golf Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Golf

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Golf Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Golf
California: c. 1953 Dean Martin appears to get the best of Jerry Lewis with his hand grabbing the top of the golf club

Background imageEntertainers Collection: The Leslie Girls dance troupe

The Leslie Girls dance troupe - Ella, Dris, Ann, Joyce, Gladys, Georgina, Dulcie, Tlly, Winnie and Kitty. Date: circa 1910

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Victorian Scrap showing Circus Performers

Victorian Scrap showing Circus Performers in a Big Top Circus Ring, including a lady balancing on a performing horse and a clown holding a hoop. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageEntertainers Collection: The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s

The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s
Arthur Plumhoff The Human Pincushion - The Pain-Proof Man (left) and Captain Ringman Jack, who lifted weights through holes through his breasts

Background imageEntertainers Collection: A Concert behind the Lines by Fortunino Matania

A Concert behind the Lines by Fortunino Matania
Somewhere in France - a concert behind the lines. A concert troupe or divisional entertainment company often made up of a mix of professional and amateur actors

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Festival Stilt Dance and Dancers - Dalian, Manchukuo, China

Festival Stilt Dance and Dancers - Dalian, Manchukuo, China
Manchukuo - a puppet state of the Empire of Japan in Northeast China and Inner Mongolia from 1932 until 1945. It was founded as a republic, but in 1934 it became a constitutional monarchy

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell
Joyce Irene Grenfell, OBE (n饠 Phipps; 10 February 1910 30 November 1979), British comedienne, actress and, in her time, one of the countrys best loved entertainers

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Otora San - Lukushima Troupe - Japanese Entertainers

Otora San - Lukushima Troupe - Japanese Entertainers on tour in Great Britain. Date: 1904

Background imageEntertainers Collection: French Street Conjuror

French Street Conjuror
A French street magician with his trestle table set up ready to perform the cup and ball trick and con some punters out of their money Date: circa 1805

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Caricature of Leslie Henson by George Whitelaw

Caricature of Leslie Henson by George Whitelaw
Fourth in a series by artist George Whitelaw caricaturing well-known individuals and likening them to animals. This one features Leslie Henson (1891 - 1957)

Background imageEntertainers Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20100361

EyeUbiquitous_20100361
Scotland, Lothian, Edinburgh Fringe Festival of the Arts 2010, Street performers and crowds on the Royal Mile, mime performer with child putting money in a jar

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Ella Shields, WW1 entertainment

Ella Shields, WW1 entertainment
Ella Shields (1879-1952) music hall entertainer and male impersonator, most famous as Burlington Bertie from Bow dressed up as both a soldier and a sailor during the First World War. Date: 1917

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Two Trapeze Artists

Two Trapeze Artists
Sarasota, Florida: March 13, 1941 Two aerial artists for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus start limbering up for the summer circuit

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar

Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar
The revue artists and frequent double-act, Norah Blaney (at the piano) and her droll friend Gwen Farrar, performing in Punch-bowl at the Duke of Yorks Theatre in 1925. Date: 1925

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Smiling ringmaster in circus ring pointing to acrobats juggling

Smiling ringmaster in circus ring pointing to acrobats juggling, walking tightrope and balancing on unicycle

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Theatre de la Gaite Performers at Niagara Falls, from Le Petit Journal

Theatre de la Gaite Performers at Niagara Falls, from Le Petit Journal
XIR236292 Theatre de la Gaite Performers at Niagara Falls, from Le Petit Journal, 13th February 1892 (colour litho) by Meyer

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Jackie Daniels, the first wife of magician Paul Daniels

Jackie Daniels, the first wife of magician Paul Daniels. They married in 1960 and divorced in 1975, although they d been separated for five years before that. Pictured, working as a barmaid

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Member son the The Womens Royal Naval Service (WRNS) entertainment section

Member son the The Womens Royal Naval Service (WRNS) entertainment section. The caption suggests the word Canadian, but also WRNS who are the British regiment. Picture taken 12th November 1944

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Tyrolean Austrian Musicians and Singers

Tyrolean Austrian Musicians and Singers. The band features a Harpist, an accordion player and a Guitarist. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Acrobates - acrobats

Acrobates - acrobats
A delightful illustration from Larousse Encyclopedia detailing a variety of acrobatic entertainers performing impressive physical feats. Date: 1930

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Two Geisha. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha, Japanese courtesans

Two Geisha. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha, Japanese courtesans and entertainers in traditional dress
528253 Two Geisha. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha, Japanese courtesans and entertainers in traditional dress.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Woman on a horse with whip and silver spurs, delivering a lecture on magnetism with a magnet

Woman on a horse with whip and silver spurs, delivering a lecture on magnetism with a magnet and iron dish
FLO4671747 Woman on a horse with whip and silver spurs, delivering a lecture on magnetism with a magnet and iron dish, accompanied by a drummer. Entertainers near Orleans cathedral, circa 1815

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Female Japanese performers, 1875 (photo) (colour photograph)

Female Japanese performers, 1875 (photo) (colour photograph)
1578207 Female Japanese performers, 1875 (photo) (colour photograph); (add.info.: Colour photograph of female Japanese performers with shamisen players in the back row)

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Geisha undergoing training. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha

Geisha undergoing training. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha, Japanese courtesans and entertainers
528254 Geisha undergoing training. Photograph late 19th century. Geisha, Japanese courtesans and entertainers.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Rajasthani miniature painting

Rajasthani miniature painting
6317605 Rajasthani miniature painting.; (add.info.: Rajasthani miniature painting from Rajasthan, India. Probably late 19th century or early 20th century)

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Yoshitsune and Shizuka (Uijin), circa 1704-1711. Creator: Torii Kiyomasu I

Yoshitsune and Shizuka (Uijin), circa 1704-1711. Creator: Torii Kiyomasu I
Yoshitsune and Shizuka (Uijin), circa 1704-1711. The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo and Hayakawa Dengoro as Yoshitsune and Shizuka

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Patagonian Dancers; Patagonia and the Patagonians, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Patagonian Dancers; Patagonia and the Patagonians, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Patagonian Dancers; Patagonia and the Patagonians, 1875. From, Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London]

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Le menuet, 18th century. Creators: Sebastien Leclerc, Jean-Baptiste Pater

Le menuet, 18th century. Creators: Sebastien Leclerc, Jean-Baptiste Pater
Le menuet, 18th century. The Minuet. Baroque dance, popular at the court of Louis XIV. Musicians, dancers and commedia dell'arte characters

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Fà ballar i Cani (Street Entertainer), published 1753. Creator: Gaetano Gherardo Zompini

Fà ballar i Cani (Street Entertainer), published 1753. Creator: Gaetano Gherardo Zompini
Fa ballar i Cani (Street Entertainer), published 1753

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Esquisse pour la mairie du 10ème (salle des fêtes): Parade sur les boulevards

Esquisse pour la mairie du 10ème (salle des fêtes): Parade sur les boulevards
Esquisse pour la mairie du 10eme (salle des fetes): Parade sur les boulevards, between 1905 and 1908. Street parade

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Marriage of the Sultan's Daughter - Fete at Baltaliman, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Marriage of the Sultan's Daughter - Fete at Baltaliman, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Marriage of the Sultan's Daughter - Fete at Baltaliman, 1854. Celebrations at Constantinople for the wedding of Fatma Sultan, aged 14, and Ali Galip Pasha

Background imageEntertainers Collection: The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume Dojo-ji in the Play Ed... c. 1783

The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume Dojo-ji in the Play Ed... c. 1783. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume Dojo-ji in the Play Edo no Hana Mimasu Soga, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Fourth Month, 1783, Japan, c. 1783

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Shizuka Gozen, section of a sheet from the series 'A Harimaze Mirror of Joruri...', 1854

Shizuka Gozen, section of a sheet from the series "A Harimaze Mirror of Joruri...", 1854
Shizuka Gozen, section of a sheet from the series "A Harimaze Mirror of Joruri Plays (Harimaze joruri kagami)", 1854

Background imageEntertainers Collection: The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III (?) or Segawa Otome (?) as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume... c

The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III (?) or Segawa Otome (?) as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume... c. 1783. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III (?) or Segawa Otome (?) as a Shirabyoshi Dancer in Musume Dojo-ji, in the Play Edo no Hana Mimasu Soga (?) or Buke no Hana Musume no Adauchi ()

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi

Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi
Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. A woman plays the shamisen. Detail from a larger artwork

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi

Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi
Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Passengers enjoy a puppet show. Detail from a larger artwork

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi

Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Creator: Hosoda Eishi
Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River, c. 1792. Passengers enjoy a puppet show. Detail from a larger artwork

Background imageEntertainers Collection: A Banquet in a Pleasure House on the Bank of the Okawa (Okawa bata giro jo no yusen), c. 1792

A Banquet in a Pleasure House on the Bank of the Okawa (Okawa bata giro jo no yusen), c. 1792. Creator: Angyusai Enshi
A Banquet in a Pleasure House on the Bank of the Okawa (Okawa bata giro jo no yusen), c. 1792. Detail from a larger artwork

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Eight Scenes of Kanazawa (Kanazawa hakkei): The Dance of Asahina and Umejumaru... c. 1707

Eight Scenes of Kanazawa (Kanazawa hakkei): The Dance of Asahina and Umejumaru... c. 1707. Creator: Torii Kiyonobu I
Eight Scenes of Kanazawa (Kanazawa hakkei): The Dance of Asahina and Umejumaru (Asaina Umejumaru mai no dan), c. 1707

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Picturesque Sketches of London - Street Sights, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Picturesque Sketches of London - Street Sights, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Picturesque Sketches of London - Street Sights, 1850. A...balancer...takes a ladder, high enough to reach a second-floor window, and up it goes on his chin

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Magicians Paul and Jackie Daniels win Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians Will Fleet trophy

Magicians Paul and Jackie Daniels win Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians Will Fleet trophy. Circa 1964

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Pans People Dancers Pans People have joined up the Territorial Regiment 4th

Pans People Dancers Pans People have joined up the Territorial Regiment 4th Battlion The Royal Green Jackets, the girls wearing the Green Jackets will be seen dancing on a float in this years Lord

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Cast of Hiawatha at the open-air Theatre, Scarborough

Cast of Hiawatha at the open-air Theatre, Scarborough
The touring cast of The Song of Hiawatha by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at the open-air Theatre, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Background imageEntertainers Collection: Dr White Eyes Littlehampton Royal Court Minstrels

Dr White Eyes Littlehampton Royal Court Minstrels
Dr White Eyes Littlehampton Royal Court Black Diamond Minstrels - Minstrel Troupe comprising Dr White Eyes himself in academic robes and holding a banjo (one eye white, one black), two jovial ladies



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"Captivating and Versatile: The World of Entertainers" Step right up and witness the enchanting world of entertainers. From the comedic genius of George Formby to the mesmerizing portraits capturing Victorian royalty, politicians, and fellow entertainers, this captivating journey will leave you spellbound. Join us as we delve into the vibrant history of entertainment. Marvel at the graceful moves of The Leslie Girls dance troupe or tee off with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on a golf course filled with laughter. Immerse yourself in Fortunino Matania's breathtaking depiction of "A Concert behind the Lines, " where music transcends boundaries even during wartime. Travel across continents to witness the Festival Stilt Dance and Dancers in Dalian, Manchukuo, China – a spectacle that defies gravity itself. Prepare to be amazed by Diana Gaye, a female contortionist who skillfully plays records while bending her body in unimaginable ways. Take a step back in time with a Victorian Scrap showcasing circus performers who astound audiences with their daring acts. Brace yourself for an encounter with The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack from Ripley's Believe It or Not. , whose incredible feats defy all logic. Intrigue awaits as we introduce you to a Court Jester dressed in red and blue adorned with bells – his mischievous spirit ready to entertain all those around him. And let us not forget Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar, two trailblazing women who shattered stereotypes through their extraordinary performances. So come one, come all. Embark on this enthralling visual odyssey that celebrates the magic created by these remarkable entertainers throughout history. Their talent knows no bounds as they continue to captivate hearts and minds across generations.