Abraham de Winter is one of the most popular comedians of the late 19th century. He is considered the forerunner of present-day cabaret. During his performances, the ‘character comedian’ dressed up as a street sweeper, conductor or a doctor.
Abraham drew inspiration from his former job as a trader of hay during which he worked with local farmers a lot. His satirical performances and his compassion towards the suffering of fellow citizens, made him loved by both the rich and poor.
“If they don’t laugh as soon as take the stage, you’ve lost”
Collin van der Sluijs (NL) was inspired by this story and made a mural behind the former city theatre Concordia. The painting features a song thrush. Like Abraham, this bird is known for its imitations. In addition to its own varied songs, the song thrush can mimic 7 other bird species with ease.