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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th April 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
26th April 1973 2 Gentlemen of Verona, musical opens in London
26th April 1947 Bless the Bride musical opens in London
26th April 1934 The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later The Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey.
26th April 1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
26th April 1921 Born today: Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City and Guilds Institute)
26th April 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
26th April 1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
Cartoonist Phil May lived here
Punch illustrator and cartoonist Phil May lived here.
Location: 20 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ
Description: In 1890 The St Stephen's Review cartoonist and illustrator Phil May (1864-1903) bought this house after further success with The Painter and The Parson. It was certainly a creative area with lots of artists resident nearby.
The building was then known as Rowsley House.
He was a heavy drinker and his longterm wasting disease caught up with him and he died of cirrhosis of the liver on 5th August, 1903, aged thirty-nine, weighing only five stone.
He was born in Leeds, and forced to earn his living from an early age after his father died young. Often sleeping on the streets because of poverty, May was finally employed as a theatrical costumier, where he also drew posters and cartoons.
After a few years in Australia he returned to London, and went on to work for Punch, and drew many political portraits. Not very political, but he had a great deal of sympathy for the poor.
Tagged in this Tour: Cartoonists and Illustrators