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George Grossmith

(1847-1912), Entertainer and author

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

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.

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George Grossmith, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x16920

George Grossmith

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published November 1879
NPG x16920

George Grossmith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x36215

George Grossmith

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x36215

George Grossmith, by Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x36216

George Grossmith

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x36216

George Grossmith as Ko-Ko in 'The Mikado', probably by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  David Bogue - NPG Ax29207

George Grossmith as Ko-Ko in 'The Mikado'

probably by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by David Bogue
woodburytype, published 1 June 1885
NPG Ax29207

George Grossmith as Ko-Ko in 'The Mikado', probably by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  David Bogue - NPG x16919

George Grossmith as Ko-Ko in 'The Mikado'

probably by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by David Bogue
woodburytype, published 1 June 1885
NPG x16919

Members of the cast of 'Iolanthe' and others, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139921

Members of the cast of 'Iolanthe' and others

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139921

Various actresses and others, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139923

Various actresses and others

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139923

Various actors and singers, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139924

Various actors and singers

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139924

George Grossmith, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax27647

George Grossmith

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax27647

George Grossmith ('Men of the Day.; No. 393.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44369

George Grossmith ('Men of the Day.; No. 393.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 21 January 1888
NPG D44369

"In Vanity Fair" (King George V, Prince Arthur of Connaught and 20 others)

by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 29 November 1890
NPG D44518

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