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17 People in group: Great War grouping; The Great War: Entertainers

From the force's sweethearts singing on the frontline, to lifting spirits on the home front, wartime entertainers played a crucial role in keeping up the morale of the troops abroad and those at home. Performers would often risk their lives travelling to the front lines to perform for the serving men.

Lena Ashwell (née Lena Margaret Pocock, later Lady Simson)

1872-1957
Actress, theatre manager, producer and writer; wife of Sir Henry John Forbes Simson; daughter of Charles Ashwell Boteler Pocock
Sitter in 19 portraits

Dorothy Brunton

1890-1977
Actress
Sitter in 2 portraits

Dame Clara Ellen Butt

1872-1936
Singer
Sitter in 34 portraits

Alice Delysia

1889-1979
French actress and singer
Sitter in 16 portraits

Gervase Henry Cary Elwes

1866-1921
Singer
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir (Abraham) Walter de Frece

1870-1935
Music hall entrepreneur and politician
Sitter in 4 portraits

Mary Garden

1874-1967
Soprano
Sitter in 1 portrait

Gertie Gitana (née Gertrude Mary Astbury)

1887-1957
Music hall entertainer
Sitter in 4 portraits

George Grossmith Jr

1874-1935
Actor, manager and playwright
Sitter associated with 20 portraits

Mark Hambourg

1879-1960
Pianist
Sitter in 10 portraits

Elsie Janis

1889-1956
Actress and singer
Sitter in 6 portraits

Malvina Longfellow

1889-1962
American stage and silent film actress
Sitter in 3 portraits

Violet Loraine

1886-1956
Actress and singer
Sitter in 23 portraits

Ella Retford (Elinor Maud Dawe, née Flanagan)

1885-1962
Actress and singer; wife of Thomas Francis Dawe; daughter of James Flanagan
Sitter in 25 portraits

Flore Revalles

1889-1966
Dancer and actress
Sitter in 1 portrait

George Robey

1869-1954
Comedian
Sitter in 51 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

Vesta Tilley

1864-1952
Music hall entertainer
Sitter in 41 portraits