Topsy Sinden(1878-1951), Actress, singer and dancer
Sitter in 14 portraits
Sinden joined the Empire Theatre at the age of eleven, where she danced a Lancashire clog dance in the ballet The Paris Exhibition (1889) and trained with ballet mistress Katti Lanner (1889-91). Specialising in tap and skirt dancing, she appeared at the Gaiety and Daly's Theatre during the 1890s. She was principal dancer at the Empire in 1907 when she took over an adapted version of Adeline Genée's role in The Belle of the Ball. Popular both with audiences and other dancers, in 1914 a public appeal was launched, to which Genée donated the money raised for her own farewell season, after Sinden was injured on stage in Liverpool.
by and after Alexander Bassano
bromide print, circa 1902