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Aladdin, or, The Wonderful lamp : a grand romantic spectacle, in two acts : 8 plates of characters, 15 plates of scenes, 4 plates of wings, total 27 : supplied only for Pollock's characters & scenes.

Additional Title(s):

Wonderful lamp

London : Printed and published by B. Pollock, [between 1876 and 1917]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm. and 27 sheets : lithographs ; 18 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Aladdin
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.
Charles Farley's Aladdin, or, The wonderful lamp was first performed at Covent Garden, in 1813. 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.
In 1917, Pollock's address changed from "... London, N. ..." (as in the present publication) to "... London, N.1 ..."
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, p. 203
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters and wings are not cut out. Uncolored.
Subject Terms:
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Juvenile works.
Lithographs -- 1876-1917.
Pollock, Benjamin, 1856-1937, publisher.
Green, J. K. (John Kilby), 1790-1860.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876.
Adaptation of (work): Farley, Charles, 1771-1859. Aladdin, or, The wonderful lamp.

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