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Canadian-born music hall star, billed as “the Very Peculiar Comedian”
Knowles came to London in 1891 and was an instant hit, spending 68 weeks at the Trocadero and 47 weeks at the Empire, where he starred with Cinquevalli.
On stage he invariably wore the same costume - a battered hat, a pair of big flapping boots, duck trousers and a black frock coat fashionable a century earlier.
He delivered his jokes in a loud, stentorian voice and at hurricane speed, leaving his audiences breathless.
After a very successful visit to Australia in 1896 Knowles returned to London in mid-1897 and was as popular as ever.The Times said of him: “His quaint electrical gait; his individual makeup; his quick fire of patter, interspersed with occasional songs; his ready repartee made his turn an unusually attractive one.” His act remained popular with audiences until his death in January 1919.
This is a very fine signature in black ink on an early vintage album page (6.75" x 4.25"). In very good condition. RARE.