Cabinet Photograph
W. L. Atwell -Photographer
Dundee, Natal Colony, South Africa
c. 1885.

Dressed in a theatrical interpretation of traditional female Japanese costume, this actress (or possibly actor) may have been a cast member of a local production of Gilbert & Sullivan's
The Mikado. The operetta was all the rage in Europe and North America at the time, although I can find no reference (not surprisingly) of the musical being performed in Dundee around
this time. It is quite possible that this photograph is unrelated to Gilbert & Sullivan's work in any way.