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The maid and the magpie : a drama in three acts : written expressly for, and adapted only to Webb's characters and scenes in the same.
London : Printed and published by W. Webb, [approximately 1861]
Physical Description:
18 pages, [1] leaf of plates ; 15 cm and 12 leaves : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Maid and the magpie
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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Copyright Status:
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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.
The Maid and the Magpie was first performed at Covent Garden in 1815. See: Speaight.
Date of publication from Speaight.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 193, 209
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. All pieces are uncolored. The characters have been cut out from the original sheets.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- [approximately 1861]
Webb, W. G. (William George), 1821-1890, publisher.
Adaptation of (work): Pocock I. (Isaac), 1782-1835. Maid and the magpie.

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