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Chris Shaw in drag. Photograph, 196-.

[between 1960 and 1969?]
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He wears a lacy dress, large jewel earrings and has styled blonde hair. Publicity card for Chris Shaw (1936-2010), a tenor, female impersonator and theatrical producer, who enjoyed a long and successful career from the 1960s in Great Britain (where he is credited with being the first drag performer at the Vauxhall Tavern), then in South Africa, and finally Australia


London (136 Brixton Hill) : Photo. Repro. Service Chas. Domec-Carré, [between 1960 and 1969?]

Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint ; sheet 13.8 x 8.8 cm


Mr. Chris Shaw. B.B.C T.V. & C.T.V

References note

Clare Barlow, Queer British art, 1861-1967, London: Tate Publishing, 2017, pp. 92 and 180


Wellcome Library no. 2045301i

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