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Up In The Monument part 08

Up In The Monument part 08

Composer: Lee, Alfred

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: H.1652.v.(29.)

Item number: Tract (29.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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As one of the 'Lions Comiques', George Leybourne specialised in parodying the leisured classes. He appeared as a 'dandy', wearing fashionable clothing and exaggerating some of their characteristic nuances such as using an oversized handkerchief, and wearing a monocle and gold rings. He is most famous for his portrayal as the character 'Champagne Charlie'. Charles Morton, the manager of the Canterbury Theatre, employed Leybourne as the 'top of the bill' and encouraged him to use extravagant gimmicks to advertise his campaign. He was told to drink nothing but champagne when in public, and drove a carriage drawn by four white horses.

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