Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters.

 

 

Benjamin Pollock produced 8 sheets of Pantomime Characters sometime late in the nineteenth century or early in the twentieth century. These mostly included the characters from the Harlequinades produced by JK Green, such as Harlequin and the Giant Helmet, Harlequin St George & the Dragon and Harlequin Greenheart. The new pantomime characters included all the old favourites, such as Harlequin, Columbine, Pantaloon, Clown and the occasional Sprite. These characters were interspersed by policemen in various comic poses.

 

The Policemen.

 

The policemen were most interesting characters. In Green’s original Harlequinades, he too had policemen, but these were more of the “Peeler” variety. In Pollock’s time of the late 19th century and early 20th century, few people would have been able to identify a “Peeler” as a policeman. Therefore Pollock had to create the policemen of the day. Deep in the vaults of Pollock’s Toy Museum I discovered an old pull from a plate. It contained just policemen, those same policemen appear on all of Pollock’s Pantomime Character sheets. These were definitely pantomime policemen. When coloured they wore the customary blue uniform, with round semi-pointed hats, but it was the shoes that made the difference. They were white with red stripes. These policemen so amused Sacheverell Sitwell when he visited Pollock’s shop with Diaghilev and the Russian ballet company that the characters were used throughout the ballet they created; “The Triumph of Neptune” as performed in 1926.

 

 

 

The Harlequinade Characters.

 

All the other characters that appeared on Pollock’s Pantomime Character sheets came from Green’s plays.

After many hours scrutiny I have tracked down every image to its original location. These are shown below.

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.1

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Harlequin

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

6

Top Row 2

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 3

Pantaloon

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

1

Top Row 4

Clown & Chinaman

Harlequin Robin Hood

5

Bottom Row 1

Clown & Pantaloon

Goody Goose

8

Bottom Row 2

Nursemaid & Clown with baby

Goody Goose

8

Bottom Row 3

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.2

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 2

Clown

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

8

Top Row 3

Tumbler

Uncle Tom’ Cabin

6

Top Row 4

Clown

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

8

Top Row 5

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Entire Bottom Row

Punch & Judy with Human Pyramid

Harlequin Robin Hood

5

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.3

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 2

Fishmonger & Clown with Fish

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

6

Top Row 3

Pantaloon

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

7

Top Row 4

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Bottom Row 1

Columbine

Goody Goose

8

Bottom Row 2

Clown & Pantaloon at Tea

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

7

Bottom Row 3

Harlequin

Goody Goose

6

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.4

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 2

Clown & Pantaloon

Goody Goose

6

Top Row 3

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 4

Pantaloon being carried by Clown

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

7

Bottom Row 1

Columbine

Goody Goose

6

Bottom Row 2

Clown with Union Flag

Harlequin Robin Hood

5

Bottom Row 3

Harlequin

Harlequin George & the Dragon

8

Bottom Row 4

Pantaloon & Clown – Polka Dance

Harlequin George & the Dragon

8

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.5

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Clown

Uncle Tom’ Cabin

6

Top Row 2

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 3

Pantaloon

Uncle Tom’ Cabin

6

Top Row 4

Columbine & Harlequin (dressed as a sailor)

Harlequin Robin Hood

7

Bottom Row 1

Columbine & Harlequin – dancing

Harlequin Robin Hood

5

Bottom Row 2

Pantaloon

Harlequin George & the Dragon

1

Bottom Row 3

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Bottom Row 4

Clown - smoking

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

8

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.6

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Clown on Ladder

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

7

Top Row 2

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 3

Clown

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

7

Top Row 4

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 5

Pantaloon

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

7

Bottom Row 1

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Bottom Row 2

Clown with meat cleaver & side of beef

Harlequin Robin Hood

6

Bottom Row 3

Pantaloon

Harlequin Robin Hood

7

Bottom Row 4

Columbine & Harlequin

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

7

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.7

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Clown

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

1

Top Row 2

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Top Row 3

Pantaloon

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

1

Top Row 4

Clown & Fishwoman

Harlequin George & the Dragon

8

Bottom Row 1

Harlequin & Columbine

Harlequin George & the Dragon

1

Bottom Row 2

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Bottom Row 3

Clown in hat

Harlequin George & the Dragon

7

Bottom Row 4

Pantaloon

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

6

 

Pollock’s New Pantomime Characters No.8

POSITION

CHARACTER

ORIGINAL PLATE

PLATE NO.

Top Row 1

Baker & Butcher - fighting

Harlequin George & the Dragon

7

Top Row 2

Clown

Harlequin George & the Dragon

7

Top Row 3

Pantaloon

Harlequin George & the Dragon

8

Top Row 4

Policeman

Pollock’s Policemen

 

Bottom Row 1

Harlequin & Columbine

Harlequin Oliver Cromwell

1

Bottom Row 2

Pantaloon

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

8

Bottom Row 3

Landlady & Clown

Harlequin & the Giant Helmet

8