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The Great War: Entertainers


17 People in group

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.

Dame Clara Ellen Butt

Dame Clara Ellen Butt

1872-1936
Singer
Sitter in 51 portraits
George Grossmith Jr

George Grossmith Jr

1874-1935
Actor, manager and playwright
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Vesta Tilley

Vesta Tilley

1864-1952
Music hall entertainer
Sitter in 59 portraits
Lena Ashwell (née Lena Margaret Pocock, later Lady Simson)

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

Dorothy Brunton

1890-1977
Actress
Sitter in 2 portraits
Alice Delysia

Alice Delysia

1889-1979
French actress and singer
Sitter in 17 portraits
Gervase Henry Cary Elwes

Gervase Henry Cary Elwes

1866-1921
Singer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Walter de Frece

Walter de Frece

1870-1935
Music hall entrepreneur and politician
Sitter in 6 portraits
Mary Garden

Mary Garden

1874-1967
Soprano
Sitter in 1 portrait
Gertie Gitana (née Gertrude Mary Astbury)

Gertie Gitana (née Gertrude Mary Astbury)

1887-1957
Music hall entertainer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mark Hambourg

Mark Hambourg

1879-1960
Pianist; brother of Jan and Boris Hambourg
Sitter in 12 portraits
Elsie Janis

Elsie Janis

1889-1956
Actress and singer
Sitter in 8 portraits
Malvina Longfellow

Malvina Longfellow

1889-1962
Stage and silent film actress
Sitter in 3 portraits
Violet Loraine

Violet Loraine

1886-1956
Actress and singer
Sitter in 24 portraits
Ella Retford (Elinor Maud Dawe, née Flanagan)

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

Flore Revalles

1889-1966
Dancer and actress
Sitter in 1 portrait
George Robey

George Robey

1869-1954
Comedian
Sitter in 54 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits