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Monsieur Auguste Reinham's Curious and Amusing Exhibition of Industrious Fleas, whose extraordinary performances have received the distinguished patronage of the continental sovereigns.
Carrall, machine printer. [1852] Broadside printed on recto only of a single sheet of thin paper; sl. sign of adhesive in corners. Dated in ink at head of page. Tipped on to a dusted double cream card mount. 19 x 26cm.A programme exhibiting 'The greatest novelty in London' at 5 Leicester Square, opposite the entrance to Wyld's Globe. The principal entertainment (number 1 of 16 pieces) was: 'The Baix Room, in which two ladies and two gentle-men dance a polka. The orchestra is composed of fifteen musicians, playing on different instruments of proportionate size. Four having a game at whist. A little brunette on a sofa is flirting with a fashionable beau, while her mamma's mind is intensely engaged in the politics of a newspaper ... the performers in this, as well as in all the following pieces, are fleas dressed and instructed according to their respective task'. Richard Altick refers to Reinham's exhibition in
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