Katie Lawrence

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Katie Lawrence
Born (1868-09-17)17 September 1868
Died 21 October 1913(1913-10-21) (aged 45)
Birmingham, England
Occupation Music hall singer
Spouse(s) George Fuller

Katie Lawrence (17 September 1868 – 21 October 1913) was an English music-hall singer, best known for Harry Dacre's 1890s' hit "Daisy Bell."

Appearances in other media[edit]

The Impressionist painter Walter Sickert produced some hundred and sixty-six preparatory sketches of Lawrence performing at Gatti’s Hungerford Place of Varieties in 1887.[1] These formed the basis of a number of paintings he made of her in the 1880s and in 1903. Only one painting, that from 1903, survives; the rest are presumed destroyed. As recently as 2005, while this painting was undergoing routine restoration work, it was discovered that the Katie Lawrence scene was actually painted over an earlier composition.[2] Using X-rays, art restorers discerned a study of the exterior of a church beneath the music hall scene.

In a draft of the fifteenth episode of James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) Joyce uses Lawrence's name for one of the prostitutes in the brothel.[3]

Selected Songs[edit]

  • Walter Tilbury, Katie My Own: Ballad (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1890).
  • H. G. Banks and Felix McGlennon, In a Snug Little Home of Your Own (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1892).
  • Harry Dacre, Daisy Bell: A Bicycle Made for Two (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1892).
  • Arthur Pearl, Mary Jane, or, a Woeful Tale of Love (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1892).
  • H. A. Duffy and J. M. Harrison, Molly, the Rose of Mayo (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1893).
  • George Le Brunn and Richard Morton, My Old Man! (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1893).
  • Felix McGlennon, He Never Cares to Wander from His Own Fireside, or, There's No Place Like "Home, Sweet Home" (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1893).
  • Arthur Pearl, Come Back to the Old Folks at Home (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1893).
  • Joseph Tabrar, She Tells You the Tale So Nicely (London: Hopwood & Crew, 1894).
  • H. G. Banks and Felix McGlennon, Oh, Uncle John! (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1895).
  • Tom Browne and Felix McGlennon, Daddy's Gone to London (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1895).
  • Gus B. Beverley, My English Belle (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1896).
  • Malcolm Arnold and Orlando Powell, Oh, I Wonder What They're Doing Now? (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1897).
  • Tom Browne and Felix McGlennon, Everybody's Darling, or, Five Little Chicks at Home (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1897).
  • C. G. Cotes and Felix McGlennon, Mary's Tambourine (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1897).
  • George Le Brunn and Wal Pink, Stick to Me and the Kids! (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1897).
  • Felix McGlennon, Humpy Umpy Ay (London: B. Feldman, 1898).
  • Edgar Bateman and Felix McGlennon, The Ship That Belongs to a Lady (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1899).
  • Tom Browne and Felix McGlennon, Say Nothing (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1899).
  • C. G. Cotes and Bennett Scott, Two Little Brandies and Sodas (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1899).
  • Will Fieldhouse, Little Nancy Newlove: The Girl with £1000 a Year (London: Elliott & Co., 1899).
  • Felix McGlennon and George A. Stevens, I've Gone out for the Day, or, I Adore Another (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1899).
  • Edgar Bateman and Felix McGlennon, Tommy, Jack and Joe (London: Francis, Day and Hunter, 1900).
  • Tom Browne and Felix McGlennon, Thinking of the Lad Who Went Away (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1900).
  • Bert Delmar and Sam Potter, The Waves Began to Roar (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1900).
  • A. J. Mills and Albert Perry, She Looked a Perfect Lady (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1900).
  • Nat Clifford, Oh! Jack, You Are a Handy Man (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1901).
  • Harry Allen and J. P. Harrington, Mary Met the Milkman at the Corner (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1903).
  • Edgar Bateman and Henry E. Pether, Why Shouldn't We Fight for Our Own? (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1904).
  • Newton Butts and Herbert Rule, Why Can't I Be a Pal of Yours? (London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1906).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Baron (2006), p. 166
  2. ^ Dredge and Beresford (2006), pp. 264-9
  3. ^ Herring (1977), p. 229


  • Baron, Wendy Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, Yale University Press (2006).
  • Dredge, Paula and Richard Beresford, "Walter Sickert at Gatti's: New Technical Evidence" in The Burlington Magazine (April 2006), pp. 264–69.
  • Herring, Phillip. Joyce's Notes and Early Drafts for "Ulysses": Selections from the Buffalo Collection, University of Virginia (1977).

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