Portrait of Herbert Clifton

Portrait of Herbert Clifton
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17560
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
A sepia toned reproduction photograph print of vaudevillian female impersonator, and motion picture actor, Herbert Clifton.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Herbert Clifton, born in London, England, was and actor noted for his female impersonations. Clifton was publicized as “The Male Soprano” and advertised as having a voice worth one thousand pounds. Clifton traveled to America, appearing at the Alhambra Theater, New York, in 1910. He portrayed a street urchin and sang "Love Me, and the World is Mine", "The Holy City", and "Stop Your Tickling, Jock". Clifton became a sensation with American audiences, after a brief sojourn back to England, he returned to the United States for his second Vaudeville tour. Clifton was featured in the 1914 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies. Clifton’s accompanist, his wife, played the piano and sang while he made quick costume changes. She also wrote his musical repertoire. Following the vaudeville era, Clifton became a minor character actor. His last appearance was in the 1947 motion picture "Ivy". Clifton died that same year, after a major operation, in Hollywood, California. This print captures Clifton dressed in female attire, portraying a fortune teller. Clifton attired in a loose dark garment, wears a white head scarf adorned with ropes of pearls, draping the head and neck, and is accentuated by a single white plume. Clifton expression carries mysticism as he stares downward, toward a crystal ball, held centered between both hands. The original print was by Orval Hixon.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes