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The silver palace, and the golden poppy : a water pageant : 6 plate characters, 4 scenes, 1 top drop, 1 wing, total 12 plates : adapted only for Pollock's characters & scenes.
[London] : Printed and published by B. Pollock, [between 1876 and 1917]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm. and 12 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Silver
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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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.
George Almar's The silver palace (a masque from The cedar chest) was first performed at Sadler's Wells, 1834. See: Speaight.
The present toy theater characters and scenes were first published by John Kilby Green in 1841 and subsequently by John Redington. Pollock succeeded Redington in 1876 and republished the same plays. See: Speaight.
Cover title.
In 1917, Pollock's address changed from "... London, N. ..." (as in the present publication) to "... London, N.1 ..."
The six sheets of characters include 43 figures.
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, p. 217
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters and wings are cut out. Hand-colored. Accompanied by a pen-and-ink drawing of a dragon headed "Cavendish Theatre, The Silver Palace."
Subject Terms:
Children's plays, English.
Ocean -- Juvenile drama.
Toy theaters.
Juvenile works.
Lithographs -- Hand-colored -- 1876-1917.
Pollock, Benjamin, 1856-1937, publisher.
Green, J. K. (John Kilby), 1790-1860.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876.
Adaptation of (work): Almar, George. Silver palace.

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