Dan Leno as "Mother Goose".

  • Bassano, Alexander, 1829-1913.
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The James Gardiner Collection.
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Dan Leno as "Mother Goose". Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Also known as

Previous title, replaced April 2022: Dan Leno as "Mother Goose" performing at Drury Lane. Process print after Bassano, 1902.


This description was provided by James Gardiner: "Dan Leno in drag, wearing a flowery skirt, a bonnet and make-up. Before his tragically early death from alcoholism and undiagnosed mental problems at the age of forty-three in 1903, Dan Leno had become the best loved and most highly paid comic actor in the world. His part in the development of the pantomime as known today cannot be underestimated. From 1888, under the aegis of Augustus Harris at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the Christmas season show became a highlight of London's theatrical and Society year. These productions showcased the comic genius of Dan Leno who performed a variety of roles, including Dames unrivalled in their humour and pathos. The present item shows him as Mother Goose, a role he reprised many times".


[London] : Rotary Photo E.C., 1902.

Physical description

1 photographic postcard : process print ; 13.8 x 8.8 cm.


Mother Goose, Act II. Dan Leno as Mother Goose Drury Lane / Dec. 26th 1902 Lettering typed in black on the bottom recto and written in pencil on the left verso


The title has been taken from wording on the object.  


Wellcome Collection 2044490i


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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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