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Title(s):

The maid and the magpie : a drama in three acts : 5 plates characters, 5 scenes, and 3 plate wings, total 13 plates : adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes.

Published/Created:
London : Printed & published by B. Pollock, [between 1876 and 1917]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm. and 13 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Maid
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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Copyright Status:
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Classification:
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Notes:
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.
Isaac Pocock's The magpie or the maid was first performed at Covent Garden, in 1815. See: Speaight.
The present toy theater characters and scenes were first published by John Kilby Green in 1841 (but not by his successor, John Redington). Pollock succeeded Redington in 1876 and republished the same plays. See: Speaight.
In 1917, Pollock's address changed from "... London, N. ..." (as in the present publication) to "... London, N.1 ..."
The five sheets of characters include 38 figures (or sets).
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, p. 209
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters and wings are not cut out. Uncolored.
Subject Terms:
Children's plays, English.
Form/Genre:
Drama.
Plays.
Recreations.
Toy theaters.
Juvenile works.
Lithographs -- 1876-1917.
Contributors:
Pollock, Benjamin, 1856-1937, publisher.
Green, J. K. (John Kilby), 1790-1860.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876.
Adaptation of (work): Pocock, Isaac, 1782-1835. Maid and the magpie.
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