Edward Stewart-Humphries in Drury Lane, London - between 1903 and 1906

from Childhood: an autobiography of a boy from 1889-1906, pages 48-49:

[Edward Stewart-Humphries and his mother relocated from Cornwall to London in 1903. He worked as a page boy and other similar jobs at hotels and private clubs, visiting London Music Halls on a weekly basis] 


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Edward Stewart-Humphries, Childhood: an autobiography of a boy from 1889-1906. In Brunel University Library, Special Collections, number 1:361, p. 48-49. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1541268015550 accessed: 19 June, 2024 (By permission of Brunel University Library, Special Collections.)

location of experience: Drury Lane, London


Edward Stewart-Humphries
hotel labour, milkman, odd jobs boy, Soldier

Listening to

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'My Fiddle is my Sweetheart'
written by George H. Chirgwin
performed by George H. Chirgwin

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1903 and 1906
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The English music hall entertainer George Chirgin (1854-1922), the son of a circus clown, was billed as ‘the white-eyed Kaffir’, a black face minstrel act. Known for his unusual costume and make up, his entire face was blackened but for a white diamond shape surrounding one eye, and he wore an outsized top hat, tights and black cape. He always ended his performances with his signature song, ‘The Blind Boy’, although the words quoted here by Edward Stuart-Humphries are from a different song.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 03 Nov 2018 18:00:16 +0000
Approved on Tue, 01 Jan 2019 12:14:46 +0000