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A Poster for the Town Hall, Shoreditch 1882

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A poster advertising a benefit for Arthur Lloyd at the Town Hall, Shoreditch on April the 22nd 1882 - See also the advertisement below.

Above - A poster advertising a Benefit for Arthur Lloyd at the Town Hall, Shoreditch on April the 22nd 1882 - See also the advertisement below.

A notice printed in the Era on the 15th of April 1882 advertises the Arthur Lloyd Benefit at the Town Hall, Shoreditch

Above - A notice printed in the Era on the 15th of April 1882 advertises the Arthur Lloyd Benefit at the Town Hall, Shoreditch as shown in the poster above.

Also mentioned in the poster and cutting above is Harry Braham. A visitor to this site, Janet Muir, has sent in some information on her great great uncle Harry saying: 'Harry was born Henry Nathaniel Braham on 13 Sep 1850 in London and died on 21 Sep 1923 in Staten Island New York, he started his career as one of the Royal Christy Minstrels and performed before Queen Victoria at Balmoral in 1868. During the 1870s he was a major star as a comic vocalist in Australia, New Zealand and USA and while in Australia married Lizzie Watson. They came back to the UK in 1879 and he appeared all over the UK with her until 1881 when they split up. Subsequently he performed his act on the same bill as many of the major stars such as The Great Vance, Marie Loftus, Dan Leno, George Leybourne etc including obviously Arthur Lloyd. He then left the UK in 1899 to the USA performing on Broadway, his solo act Masks and Faces and comic plays before starring in 3 films, one of which was Birth Of A Nation. His ashes were buried in the Actors Plot Evergreen Cemetery New York

Harry married Lizzie Watson on 6 Feb 1873 in Brisbane. Lizzzie was a serio-comic burlesque actress born approx 1840 in Ireland as Eliza Stephenson, she then married Henry Hemingway an artillery officer in 1858, and was famous under the stage name Lizzie Watson from 1859 in the UK until 1871 when she went to Australia as part of Enderby Jackson's troupe. While there she headlined many times and when she married Harry she split from Jackson and they formed a duet, becoming very successful. After they came back in 1879 they performed together but after their split she didn't have the same success as previously, though she was still extremely busy with engagements and was always warmly received, she then left the UK possibly 1897 and appeared occasionally in vaudeville in New York in the early 1900s but I can find no other trace of her until her death in Richmond Indiana on 17 Feb 1913. - Janet Muir 2011.

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