The ‘Lightning Sketch Artist,’ a vaudeville act in the early 1900s

April 17, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: watercolor.

Not long ago, a friend alerted me to Gurney Journey, the website of artist James Gurney, and it has become one of my daily stops on my web rounds.

Gurney comes up with a wide variety of fascinating items, including the video above that shows sometimes about which I was completely unaware: the lightning sketch artist.

The lightning sketch artist was a vaudville act that was highly popular during the turn on the last century, and if you watch this video, you will understand why. This video comes from British Pathe and has been speeded up a little (but not much).


Check  all of them out on the GurneyJourney blog:

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