February 1909: Tableaux Vivants Performance in the Queen’s Rooms, Under the Auspices of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Bellefield Sanatorium, Lanark

An article on page six of The Scotsman, on Thursday the 11th of February, 1909, reads:


“TABLEAUX VIVANTS PERFORMANCE AT GLASGOW. — Under the auspices of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Bellefield Sanatorium,

Lanark, a performance of tableaux in action was given last night in the Queen’s Rooms, Glasgow, to a large and fashionable audience.

The halls were artistically decorated for the occasion with ivy. The tableaux were of a new and original character, and were accompanied

by orchestral and vocal music, the members of the orchestra being chiefly ladies. The representations were under the management of Mr

Newberry [sic], , [sic] while Mr George T. Pattman conducted the musical part of the programme. The three groups consisted of six

pictures each. The first represented romantic pictures from Sir Walter Scott, scenes from ‘Ivanhoe,’ ‘Kenilworth,’ ‘Rob Roy,’ ‘The Heart of

Mid-Lothian,’ ‘The Bride of Lammermoor,’ and ‘Peveril of the Peak.’ Miss H. Paxton Brown and Mr Allan D. Mainds arranged this series.

The second tableaux, arranged by Miss D. C. Lewthwaite Dewar, consisted of pictures from classical literature. The third series, a very

modern group, arranged by Miss D. Carlton Smyth, was entitled ‘The Evolution of Women.’ The scenes represented Eden, the ideal wife,

the age of chivalry, the new woman, the bar of justice, 1950 A.D., the University of Glasgow, 2000 A.D. The characters in the different

series were most realistically portrayed, and elicited hearty applause.”



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George Fairfull-Smith, August 2023.