Fred Barnes(1885-1938), Music hall entertainer
Frederick Jester Barnes
Sitter in 9 portraits
Fascinated as a boy by male impersonator Vesta Tilley, Barnes rejected the family's butchery business in favour of the stage. Known for his charm and debonair good looks, he was signed by impresario Oswald Stoll, and became a star of the London music halls. In 1914 he tried to enlist in the Army but was rejected on account of a nervous condition. His career however flourished with hits such as Boys In Khaki, Boys In Blue, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and, originally made famous by Elsie Janis, Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl.