Caricature of Vesta Tilley. L. J. Binns caricatures, 1901-1915. Date issued: 1901-1915. Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library. Pen and ink and watercolor drawing of English actress Vesta Tilley, depicted with an oversize head, dressed as a man in military wear, holding what might be a riding crop or thin cane. Vesta Tilley was a well-known vaudeville and operetta performer who appeared in the New York in 1903, working for Tony Pastor and later for Oscar Hammerstein.