Minor Player / Variety Act for the week ending
Saturday, 6 December 2008

Walter D'Altroy (d. 1875),
English acrobat

Walter D'Altroy

carte de visite photograph of Walter D'Altroy
'Artiste Du Viceroy Au Cairo, Egypt, 1873'

(photo: Crouch & Snowdon, Hull, circa 1873)

Royal William Gardens, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
'ROYAL WILLIAM GARDENS. - (Proprietor, Mr. Leonard Drive.) - Through the spirited catering of the Proprietor, these gardens afforded a first-rate entertainment for the race nights last week. The Brothers Nemo, with Mdlle. Nemo, went through a performance which is rarely seen in the Eastern counties, their knife throwing and conjuring feats being remarkable displays of skill and agility. Juan and Perice Felix (acrobats) are clever. Mr Price Barnes, an amusing comic and dancer, Walter D'Altroy, and Mons. W. Fernandez are certainly not to be surpassed on the horizontal bar, flying trapeze, and tight wire, their tricks being simply astounding. Messrs. Ward and Spundley, in their Negro entertainment, were good, and gained frequent applause. Pat Nowland (Irish comic singer and dancer) pleased every one, he being enthusiastically encored on every occasion of his appearing. The Faker of Delhi, with his wonderful entranced lady floating in mid-air, gave an enjoyable entertainment. The efficient band, under Mr Creasy, which has throughout the summer been in attendance at intervals, performed a capital selection of operatic and other music, and completed one of the best entertainments seen in Ipswich for years.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 27 July 1873, p. 6a)

The Oxford music hall, Oxford Street, London
'The Oxford continues well attended, though the amusements at present can hardly be pronounced so attractive as when I last noticed this resort in my hebdomandal review. Nevertheless, the entertainments are of a varied description, and appear to afford the liveliest gratification to the frequenters of Mr. Seyer's establishment. On the occasional of my visit the list of performers included Miss Kate Bella, a serio-comic vocalist of decided merit, whose naïveté of manner and very agreeable singing cause her to speedily become a general favourite wherever she appears. Her rendering of ''Esmeralda,'' and likewise of a pathetic ditty, is artistic in the extreme. The athletic feats of d'Altroy and Fernandez show what wonderful results may be achieved by judicious training and long-continued practice. The combined agility and grace characteristic of these artistes' performances are acknowledged by the spectators with marks of the most enthusiastic approval. George Leybourne, a popular but excessively vulgar singer, pleases the less refined portion of the audience, whilst Madlle. Amalia, as Cupid, sings a pretty love song, and the charming sisters Webb present some of their most effective dances. Finally, Messrs. Kinghorne and Yarnold and Miss Stafford favour the Oxonians with a new version of the inevitable can-can, the interest in which appears likely to survive even that which the public manifest in the interminable Tichborne trial.'
(The Sporting Times: A Review of Racing, Literature and the Drama, London, Saturday, 30 August 1873, p. 278c)

'FOREIGN SHOW NEWS.
'FATAL ACCIDENT TO A PROFESSIONAL. - On May 20 [1875], Walter D'Altroy, while performing upon the horizontal bar at Ginnett's Circus at Bradford [Yorkshire, England], fell and dislocated his back. He was at once removed to the Infirmary, and expired within twenty-four hours. Deceased was interred on the 28th at Abney-park Cemetery.'
(The New York Clipper, New York, 26 June 1875, p. 103c)

'Walter D'Altroy, acrobat, died 21 May 1875'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 9 January 1876, p. 14a)

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