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Programme cards.
Great Britain : publisher not identified, late-19th century.
Physical Description:
24 cards (12 pairs) ; each 10 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN3157 .P7 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Seven of the cards depict a boy in blue Elizabethan dress, holding a sprig of dogwood, beneath the word "Programme." A larger branch of dogwood, with pink flowers, fills the remainder of the panel. Five of the cards are identical to this design, except that the boy is replaced by a girl in purple Elizabethan dress. The girl holds a flower basked in her left hand and raises a red flower to her face with her right hand.
Accompanying the 12 cards depicting the boy and girl are an additional 12 cards depicting a spring of dogwood with white flowers, against a gold circle. The two sets of 12 are clearly meant to be paired, as a border of gold and red connects them. The exact purpose of the cards is ambiguous. Perhaps they were intended to be hinged together (with decorative tape?) to form a simple booklet describing entertainments (such as children's theatricals), with the blank interior to be completed in manuscript.
Subject Terms:
Amateur theater.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Theater and children.

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