Cartoon of The Whip

Cartoon of The Whip

The Whip by Cecil Raleigh and Henry Hamilton was a tale of love and skulduggery among the aristocracy. These cartoons by Norman Morrow, published in The Bystander in September 1909, the year the show opened, poke gentle fun at the melodramatic 'types' in the production.

The plot was essentially a framework on which to hang the scenes of spectacle and special effects so beloved of audiences. Characters had to be broadly portrayed by the actors so as to be easily recognisable. How much more villainous, for instance, could Cyril Keightley look as Captain Grenville Sartorys in the top left-hand picture? And Miss Nancy Price in the centre is labelled the 'Wicked Woman', rather than with her character name Mrs D'Aquila, although it's perfectly obvious from the drawing that she's no angel. Jessie Bateman and Vincent Clive, down left, have the thankless 'goodie' roles, always less fun to play, and Charles Rock as jockey Joe Kelly is easily spotted as the source of comic relief.