The forty thieves.
- [London] : [M. & M. Skelt], [between 1837-1840]
- Physical Description:
- 24 pages ; 17 cm. and 32 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsToy Theater Webb Skelt Forty ThievesYale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. KrausAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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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 forty thieveswas first performed at Surrey in 1812. See: Speaight.
Description based on the copy at the Yale Center for British Art, which lacks the booklet (presumably 24 pages).
The publisher M. & M. Skelt was active from 1837-1840. See Speaight.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, page 193, 207
BAC: British Art Center copy is incomplete: lacks the booklet (24 pages). The sheets of characters and wings are uncut. Uncolored. Plate 5 (scenery) duplicated: one colored and on uncolored.
- Subject Terms:
- Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.Children's plays, English.
Lithographs -- 1837-1840
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