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Ella Shields

(1879-1952), Music hall entertainer

Sitter in 2 portraits
American born music hall performer, Shields was invited to London in 1904 to be principal girl in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Pavilion Theatre, Mile End. She made her debut as a male impersonator in 1910, and her signature number, dressed in top hat and ragged tails, was Burlington Bertie From Bow, written by her husband William Hargreaves in 1914 as a parody of Vesta Tilley's Burlington Bertie. She is also remembered for her interpretation of Oh! It's A Lovely War, the now notorious satirical song that became a popular hit in the trenches.

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Ella Shields, by Unknown photographer - NPG x46682

Ella Shields

by Unknown photographer
cream-toned chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x46682

Ella Shields, published by The Lawrence Wright Music Co, after  Unknown artist - NPG D42839

Ella Shields

published by The Lawrence Wright Music Co, after Unknown artist
halftone reproduction, 1915
NPG D42839

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