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The forty thieves : a drama : 12 plates of characters, 15 scenes, 6 plates of wings, total 33 : adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes.
[London] : Printed and published by B. Pollock, [between 1876 and 1917]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm and 17 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Forty
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.
Michael Kelly's The forty thieves was first performed at Surrey Theatre, in 1812. See: Speaight.
The present toy theater sheets were first published by John Kilby Green in 1836 and subsequently by John Redington. Pollock succeeded Redington and republished the same plays. See: Speaight.
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, pages 191-192, 207
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters are uncolored and not cut out.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- 1873-1892.
Pollock, Benjamin, 1856-1937, publisher.
Green, J. K. (John Kilby), 1790-1860.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876.
Adaptation of (work): Kelly, Michael, 1762-1826. Forty thieves.
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