About this artwork

The music-hall star Harry Lauder was sometimes blamed for creating a commercial image of the kilted Scot, but he was a much-loved man and a hugely successful perfomer. Typically dressed in fantastic tartans and holding a crooked stick, he interspersed his songs, such as ' I Love a Lassie' and 'Roamin' in the Gloamin', with comic patter. This caricature captures not only the distinctive costume, but also the vibrant energy of this tiny figure.

Henry Mayo Bateman

Henry Mayo Bateman

The leading British cartoonist of the interwar period, Henry Mayo Bateman was born to English parents in Australia. In 1889 the family returned to England. Bateman studied at the Westminster School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. At seventeen he began to contribute to The Tatler and later, to Punch Magazine. He was one of the best paid cartoonists of the day and also worked for advertising and the Ministry of Health.