• Artist
    Janet C.B. Whitman
  • Title
    Lionel Brough as Policeman X24
  • Date of Production
    1882
  • Medium
    ink on paper
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Art Gallery of Ballarat

Uncle Lal


Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010, -


Admission: Free


Drawings and sketches
from the collection of
comedian Lionel Brough

This small but intriguing collection of drawings, sketches and theatrical memorabilia gives a fascinating insight into the life of a London actor in the 1880s and 90s.

Comedian Lionel 'Lal' Brough was a popular figure in London theatres, famous for his physical gags and endearing stage presence and member of a prominent theatrical family. A small part of Brough's huge collection of books, art and theatrical memorabilia is held by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and is now going on show for the first time.

It includes drawings by Harrison Weir and Alfred Bryan, as well as a pair of cartoons attributed to Phil May. Some of the works were executed by Brough's nieces Beatrix and Lilian Pollitt. The display also includes a selection of memorabilia related to Brough's career.