Poster for a fete to raise funds for the British Home for Incurables
Printer: Upton, James
Medium: Print on paper
The British Home for Incurables was founded in 1861 in Clapham but it soon outgrew these premises and moved to Streatham. At this time Streatham was a rural area and the fresh air was thought to be particularly good for patients. The new home was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1894 and this "gigantic" fund raising fete - which lists many well known artistes, including Dan Leno and Albert Chevalier, as members of the Committee - was held a few weeks later at the beginning of July. Shortly before the home opened an appeal had been made for financial support to complete and furnish it. In a letter dated 21 June 1894 Mr Evanion is thanked for his kind offer. This letter (Evan.9029) is included in our selection of Evanion material.
To this day the annual summer fete raises a considerable amount of money for the home.