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The Battle of Waterloo : a grand military melodrama in three acts : 12 plates characters, 12 scenes, 2 wings, total 26 plates : adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes : the only juvenile edition published, correctly marked with the stage directions.
London : Printed and published by B. Pollock, [between 1876 and 1917]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm. and 26 sheets : lithographs ; 18 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Pollock Battle
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.
J.H. Amherst's The Battle of Waterloo was first performed at Astley's Ampitheatre, in 1824. See: Speaight.
The present toy theater characters and scenes were first published by John Kilby Green in 1842 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 ..."
The 12 sheets of characters include 80 figures (or sets of figures).
Speaight, G. The history of the English toy theatre, p. 204
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. The sheets of characters and wings are 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): Amherst, J. H., 1776-1851. Battle of Waterloo.

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