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Briggs, Paul (Modeler)

The Punch and Judy show.

Additional Title(s):

Professor Fezzywig's travelling puppet theatre

Nottingham, England, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 diorama ; 31 x 31 x 22 cm high, in vitrine 38 x 38 x 38 cm
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Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Neale Albert, Yale JD 1961, and Margaret Albert
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Copyright Status:
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Diorama depicting a Victorian Punch and Judy show on the British seaside. The focus of the scene is a traditional Punch and Judy booth, in which are visible the characters of Punch, Judy, and the Constable. The booth is adorned with a poster reading: "Professor Fezzywig's travelling puppet theatre." To the left of the booth is the show's bottler, with Toby the dog sitting atop the bottler's drum. The audience consists of two children: a girl in navy sailor's dress and straw hat, and a boy (in folded paper hat) preoccupied with the building of a sandcastle. The scene also includes the partial hull of a wooden boat; assorted rocks, shells, and seaweed; and a model yacht. The yacht is a nod to Briggs' primary activity as a maker of miniature ships.
Background for the diorama is provided by a watercolor depicting a pleasant seaside day, with coastal cottages and piers, small boats, and a couple of ladies and gentlemen enjoying the beach (in late Victorian dress). The watercolor is signed on the reverse: Paul Briggs, May 2000 ... Nottingham, U.K.
The diorama is accompanied by a radio control system (Acoms, model no. AP-201), enabling remote control of characters in the Punch and Judy booth.
Subject Terms:
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Punch and Judy -- Pictorial works.
Puppet plays -- Pictorial works.
Models (representations)
Collection of Margaret and Neale Albert (Yale Center for British Art).

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