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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 Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Skelt Forty Thieves
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 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.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- 1837-1840
M. & M. Skelt (Firm), publisher.

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