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The children in the wood : an opera in two acts : 6 plates of characters, 8 scenes, 3 wings, total 17 plates : adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes.

[London] : Printed and published by B. Pollock, [between 1873 and 1892]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm. and 17 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Children
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Juvenile drama emerged in England soon after 1800, forming itself from the adult drama of the time. The plays were adapted from their original stage version into a miniature toy version with actors, costumes and scenery intended for a juvenile audience. Characters and scenes were intended to be cut out and dramatized.
Thomas Morton's The children in the wood was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1793. See: Speaight.
The present toy theater sheets were first published by John Kilby Green and subsequently by John Redington. Pollock succeeded Redington and republished the same plays. See: Speaight.
The six sheets of characters include 52 individuals. The side wings are titled "Pollock's side wings to suit any play," numbers 1, 3, and 13.
Undated. Date suggested by Bodleian Library.
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, p. 205
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters and wings are cut. Uncolored.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Juvenile works.
Lithographs -- 1873-1892.
Pollock, Benjamin, 1856-1937, publisher.
Green, J. K. (John Kilby), 1790-1860.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876.
Adaptation of (work): Morton, Thomas, 1764-1838. Children in the wood.

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