barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Philip William (Phil) May (1864-1903)

Johnny Toole, the Actor

Pen with traces of pencil on card

110 x 61 mm

 

Johnny Toole (1830-1906) was a popular comic actor. He was drawn by May several times including in a large watercolour portrait. May was a portrait and caricature artist who arrived in London in 1883 and went on to work in Sydney, Australia, Italy and Paris before returning to London. In the 1890s he worked for the St. Stephen’s Review, Punch, and The Graphic.

Purchased 1946 (No.46.5)

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