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Harry Robert (King) Lloyd, Arthur Lloyd's son, Born 1874

Harry Robert / King Lloyd in uniform

Above - Harry Robert (King) Lloyd in uniform

Poster for Harry at the Pavilion Gorleston - Click to Enlarge.Caricature of Harry Robert Lloyd.Harry Robert (King) Lloyd was many things at different times. For some time he was an actor touring with his father Arthur Lloyd around the country. He also toured in America and is reported to have performed with the 'Keystone Cops' and Fred Karno, who worked with Charles Chaplin when Chaplin was just 17. Harry's wife claimed that Harry was often very put out by the fact that Charlie Chaplin would keep stealing his material.

Right - A Caricature of Harry Robert Lloyd. And A Poster for Harry Lloyd at the Pavilion Theatre Gorleston - Click to Enlarge.

Some of Harry's drawing aids now in the possession of Dennis Lloyd, Harry's Grandson.Later Harry became something of an artist and for some time also produced the posters for Harry Tate, and for many other theatrical artistes and Theatres around London.

Left - Some of Harry's drawing aids now in the possession of Dennis Lloyd, Harry's Grandson.

Harry's son Robert, my father, sometimes delivered Harry's posters for him by bus, and on one occasion forgot he had them and left them on the bus, getting into serious trouble with his father as a result.

Harry Lloyd's painting of the Titanic, probably from a photograph or postcard, which he did in 1912, the year the Titanic sank.  - Click to enlarge.Harry seems to have painted a number of works which were sold to various people over the years and have lately come to light, including several paintings of the Titanic done in 1912, one of which I own myself.

Right - Harry Lloyd's painting of the Titanic, probably inspired by a photograph or postcard, which he did in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. Click the painting to Enlarge.

The Second of Harry Lloyd's paintings of the Titanic, probably from a photograph or postcard, which he did in 1912, the year the Titanic sank - Courtesy Sally Slaney  - Click to Enlarge.Although Harry's paintings of the Titanic are not that accomplished it's still interesting to note that he attempted them. The first painting (Shown Left) has been passed down through the family and is currently in my possession.

Left - Harry Lloyd's painting of the Titanic, probably inspired by a photograph or postcard, which he did in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. Click the painting to Enlarge.

The second of Harry Lloyd's paintings of the Titanic (Shown Left) is in the possession of Sally Slaney whose mother-in-law's parents, Charles and Maud O'Bree, ran several pubs in the East End of London, three of which were The Fox, The Angel and the Prince of Wales.

They probably received the painting from Harry himself shortly after he painted it and by the look of the state of it it is likely that it was hung in one of these pubs for some time.

Harry Lloyd's Titanic painting was featured on the front cover of the Romanian version of Beryl Bainbridge's "Every Man For Himself. "The paintings are both signed King Lloyd, one of the names that Harry went under. The name King has often been used in the family and comes from Harry's mother, and Arthur Lloyd's wife, Katty King, and her father, the Drury Lane Tragedian, T.C. King.

Right - Harry's painting of the Titanic was featured on the front cover of the Romanian version of Beryl Bainbridge's "Every Man For Himself."

It was great honour a few years ago, when Harry's painting of the Titanic was featured on the front cover of the Romanian version of Beryl Bainbridge's "Every Man For Himself". To be featured on the cover of a book by such a famous and popular writer, a book which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1996 and won the Whitbread Novel Award the same year, is quite an achievement.

The Romanian version of Beryl Bainbridge's "Every Man For Himself is available from the publishers here, and here.

A Caricature Sketch by Harry King Lloyd created in 1905, the year after his father Arthur Lloyd, passed away.

Above - A Caricature Sketch by Harry King Lloyd created in 1905, the year after his father Arthur Lloyd, passed away. The sketch, which depicts a Policeman with the caption 'What's it to do with me', was reproduced in a supplement to the newspaper 'The Variety Theatre' on August the 4th, 1905. It is not known at present if the sketch depicts Harry Lloyd himself or what it was done for. 'The Variety Theatre' was published in London in 1905 but that's all I know about this newspaper so if you have a copy of this supplement with the article it illustrates or can tell me any more about the sketch or what the word 'Spcofer' in Harry's signature means I would be very grateful if you would please Contact me.

Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings, which was a copy of a John Duncan work, painted by Harry in 1937 - With the kind permission of its owner, Elizabeth Snow

Above - Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings, which was a copy of a John Duncan work, painted by Harry in 1937 - With the kind permission of its owner, Elizabeth Snow

Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings. Photo taken at an auction of several of his works and kindly sent in by Elizabeth Snow

Above - Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings. Photo taken at an auction of several of his works and kindly sent in by Elizabeth Snow

Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings, this one being a copy of a Rossetti painting. Photo taken at an auction of several of his works and kindly sent in by Elizabeth Snow.Harry's wife, my grandmother, was very proud of her husband and would often regale my mother with tales of his life. But something that annoyed her immensely was that the famous Stockport comedian Harry Liston, who toured with Arthur Lloyd on his 'Two Hours Of Genuine Fun' in the early days, was always dropping in unexpectedly just when they were about to eat. Naturally she would have to feed him too.

After a lovely dinner Liston would usually say 'And it's so nice cold for supper too,' meaning he intended to stay as well!

Right - Another of Harry Lloyd's paintings, this one being a copy of a Rossetti painting. Photo taken at an auction of several of his works and kindly sent in by Elizabeth Snow.

The above anecdote was also reported in Sydney Paxton's autobiography of 1917 but he referred to Victor Liston instead, you can read the piece in Arthur Lloyd's Biography here.

Royal Commands - A Letter from Harry Lloyd to the Evening Standard and Radio Times about his father, Arthur Lloyd's, Royal encounters - Circa 1948.

Harry's letter printed in the Evening Standard and also the Radio Times - Courtesy Christine Rowe nee LLoyd  - Click for full detailsI listened with great interest recently to ‘Following in Father’s Footsteps’ and noted Dan Leno junior’s claim that his father (dear old Dan Leno) was the first music-hall artist to appear by command before Royalty.

The Programme for Arthur's Command performance at the Whitehall Gardens on February the 10th 1868 - Click to enlarge.Although I do not wish to detract from his claim, I have before me a facsimile of a programme dated Wednesday, February 19, 1868, in which my father the late Arthur Lloyd, the late A. G. Vance, and the late J. (Jolly John) Nash, appeared before the Prince of Wales (afterwards King Edward the V11) at the Whitehall Gardens at a party given by the late Lord Carrington.

Left - The Programme for Arthur's Command performance at the Whitehall Gardens on February the 10th 1868 - Click to enlarge.

Although the programme does not state that it was a command performance, it is nevertheless surmounted by the Prince of Wales’s feathers and the manager of (I think) Evan’s Music-hall told them that they were commanded to appear before His Royal Highness. Therefore this proves that the music-hall profession was honoured by Royalty many years before the time of dear old Dan - Harry (King) Robert Lloyd, London.

Harry's Mariages

Postcard sent to Harry's son, Harry Powell Lloyd, who was working at the Gate Theatre, Dublin at the time; 1961. Reproduced with Kind permission - Tom Patton.Harry married twice. His first wife, Margaret Leah Ritchie was born in 1873 but died young in 1904, the same year as Harry's father.

Margaret was an Actress, whose Father was a cab proprietor, although he was deceased when they married. They had one son, Harry Powell Lloyd.

Right and below - A Postcard sent to Harry's son, Harry Powell Lloyd, who was working at the Gate Theatre, Dublin at the time; 1961 - Reproduced with Kind permission - Tom Patton.

Harry Robert Lloyd married his second wife, Catherine Maud Kennett, in 1906. At the time, and on the marriage certificate, Harry's proffesion was stated as Comedian and his wife, a Spinster. Catherine died in 1965 and Harry in 1951.

More information about Harry Powell Lloyd can be found here. In case you haven't worked it out yet, Harry and Catherine were my Grandparents and Harry was Arthur Lloyd's son. M.L. 2008.

Postcard sent to Harry's son, Harry Powell Lloyd, who was working at the Gate Theatre, Dublin at the time; 1961. Reproduced with Kind permission - Tom Patton.

Above - The back of a Postcard sent to Harry's son, Harry Powell Lloyd, who was working at the Gate Theatre, Dublin at the time; 1961 - Reproduced with Kind permission - Tom Patton.

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