Poster for Gatti's Charing Cross Music Hall
Printer: Hill, Siffken & Co.
Medium: Print on paper
In 1866, brothers Carlo and Giovanni Gatti acquired two of the arches under the new Charing Cross Station. A year later, they opened them as a music hall. The hall was affectionately known as Gatti's-Under-the-Arches to avoid confusion with the brothers' other music hall in the Westminster Bridge Road, Gatti's-Over-the-Water or in-the-Road. Gatti's-Under-the-Arches was renamed the Hungerford Music Hall in 1883 and later became the Charing Cross Music Hall, as it is called in this poster of 1889.
James Fawn, listed here as "the favourite comedian", was a comic singer who often lampooned the leisured classes by appearing on stage as if drunk. With a red nose and bleary eyes, and holding a half-full bottle of champagne or expensive wine, he would dress in dishevelled but very fashionable clothing. He is perhaps best remembered for his song 'Ask a Policeman', which he sang in 1890.