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ID number:  BIRBI-46.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  May, Philip William (Phil) (1864-1903)
Title / Object name:  Johnny Toole, the Actor
Object type:  Drawing
Culture:  British
Materials:  Pen with traces of pencil on card
Measurements:  110 x 61 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's, 27 March 1946, lot 41, for £1.11.8 (part)

Johnny Toole (1830-1906) was a popular comic actor. He was drawn by May several times including in a large watercolour portrait. May was a portrait and caricature artist who arrived in London in 1883 and went on to work in Sydney, Australia, Italy and Paris before returning to London. In the 1890s he worked for the St. Stephen’s Review, Punch, and The Graphic.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed l.r.: PHIL

Notes:  Phil May drew Toole a number of times. A large watercolour portrait then in the possession of Messrs W.T. Spencer was reproduced by J. Thorpe, Phil May, 1932, p. 149. Toole also appears in A Page of Celebrities published in Society, Christmas number 1885, and in Auld Lang Syne, see Thorpe, op. cit. p. 28.

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