George Grossmith(1847-1912), Entertainer and author
Sitter in 14 portraits
Best remembered for creating a series of characters in the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and for writing the comic novel, Diary of a Nobody (1892). He was also famous in his day for performing his own comic sketches. His first engagement was in 1870 with a nightly spot at the Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, and he gave countless entertainments at literary institutes and public halls. His 'sketches' included anecdotes, satirical commentary and comic songs. For twelve years from 1877, Grossmith played the chief comic part in all of Gilbert and Sullivan's operas, including Sir Joseph Porter, in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance.
by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 29 November 1890
by Fred Roe
pen, 27 December 1908