William Mollison as Pistol [in his production of Henry V at the Lyceum Theatre]

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George Henry
Born Ayrshire, 1858-1943

William Mollison as Pistol
Oil on canvas

Bequeathed by J Mollison Kidd, 1942
Museum number 3-1942

Son of a successful Dundee shipbuilder, William Mollison turned to the stage and was known for his Shakespearean roles. Here he is shown as Pistol in his production of Henry V at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. One contemporary reviewer described his interpretation of Pistol as a "comic and dilapidated rascal".

Mollison was a celebrated actor and was able to secure George Henry to paint his portrait. Henry, like many of his Glasgow Boy contemporaries, turned to lucrative portrait commissions during his later career. Clearly the contemporary obsession with celebrity is not a new thing.

William Mollison as Pistol [in his production of Henry V at the Lyceum Theatre]
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