Recently found by viaLibri....
2020-02-15 08:05:07
Pantomime]
DRURY LANE CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME HOP O' MY THUMB BOXING NIGHT [caption title]
[N.p., but likely London, 1864. Ink and watercolor on thick paper, approximately 14 x 9 3/4 inches, mounted on foam core board approximately 15 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Minor edge wear, light soiling. Very good. An original ink-and-watercolor advertisement designed as a poster or a program cover for a popular pantomime show in London in 1864. The artwork may also have been created as a cover for the text of the play, though this is ultimately unknown. The colorful artwork incorporates one cutout onlay at center, featuring the miniature hero of the pantomime. He is dancing on an extended thumb within a sunburst circular design. At the base of the thumb is a group of eight owls. The various decorative scripts making up the text include a series of grotesque figures and ghouls spelling the word "PANTOMIME" in black. E.L. Blanchard's HOP O' MY THUMB AND HIS SEVEN BROTHERS opened at Drury Lane on December 26 of that year, and was met with much acclaim. According to Richards, the show "contained a series of transformations which seemed to celebrate progress and modernity: a villa and its grounds transformed into a railway station, a wagon into a steam threshing machine and a windmill and farmyard into a patent bread and biscuit factory." Pantomime shows were an annual tradition at Drury Lane between 1852 and 1888. Blanchard wrote and produced them all, with ample design assistance from the artist, William Beverley. In their review of HOP O' MY THUMB in December 1864, THE TIMES of London praised the performers of the show for executing their craft "in the best manner that circ … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

Search for more books on viaLibri

LINK TO THIS PAGE: https://www.vialibri.net/years/books/180187082/1864-pantomime-drury-lane-christmas-pantomime-hop-o

Browse more rare books from the year 1864