Caricature

Hayley Mills as Hedvig Ekdal in The Wild Duck

13 August 1970 (dated)

Sommerlad, Gilbert

S.134:42-2002 T&P

Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash caricature by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976) of Hayley Mills as Hedvig Ekdal in The Wild Duck at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 13 August 1970.

Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and wash caricature of Hayley Mills as Hedvig Ekdal in The Wild Duck at the Oxford New Theatre. Dated 13 August 1970. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

This caricature shows Hayley Mills (b.1946) as Hedvig Ekdal in The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen at the Oxford New Theatre in August 1970. It was drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976), a rehearsal pianist and orchestral violinist at the Brighton Theatre Royal from 1932 until 1936, and at the Oxford New Theatre from 1936 for over forty years. Sommerlad sketched the stars on stage when he wasn't needed in the orchestra pit, compiling the sketches in a series of albums. Hayley Mills appeared as an infant in the 1947 film So Well Remembered with her actor father, Sir John Mills, and later played the murder witness in the 1959 film Tiger Bay. She went on to star in the title role of the 1960 film Pollyanna, and in the original version of the film The Parent Trap, 1961.

This caricature comes from an album of caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn (with one exception) by Gilbert J.Sommerlad (1904-1976) between December 1965 and September 1971 at the Oxford New Theatre. Gilbert Sommerlad moved from Brighton to the recently built New Theatre, Oxford, to join his brother Roy (violin and clarinet) as resident pianist in 1936. He continued with his caricatures until his retirement.

Given by Michael Sommerlad

Location: In Storage

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