He's behind you! Pantomimes and Pierrot

By other museum staff on 19 Dec 2012

With panto season firmly upon us, digital curator, Ellie Miles, goes back 200 years to meet some of pantomime’s earliest characters. Whilst working on the theatrical portraits for collections online, I kept finding the same characters appearing. In the left hand side of this print you can see Harlequin, wearing a mask. To Harlequin’s right, in blue, is the character ‘Pierrot’. Beatrice blogged about Pierrot costumes a couple of years ago. She wrote about Gertie Millar’s Pierrot costume, which Millar wore in 1909, but this print is from 1802, when Pierrot was just one the characters in the Harlequinade. I […]

Pierrots and obssessive curatorial behaviour

By beatrice behlen on 12 Jul 2010

The whole thing started about two years ago with a photo album, which I showed to a researcher looking at gowns by Lucile. According to the notes on our database, one of the dresses had been designed for the actress Gertie Millar and, sure enough, she wore it in one of the photos. That was quite exciting in itself but what really gave me palpitations was a group of images showing Gertie dressed as Pierrot and as Jumping Jack. At first the obsession just manifested itself in an email to my long-suffering colleagues in Retail insisting that the photographs had […]