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Harlequin and Old Dame Trot.

[London] : [M. & M. Skelt], [between 1837-1840]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 17 cm and 25 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Skelt Harlequin and Old Dame Trot.
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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.
Harlequin and Old Dame Trot was first performed at Surrey in 1837. See: Speaight.
The publisher M. & M. Skelt was active from 1835-1837. See Speaight.
Description based on the copy at the Yale Center for British Art, which lacks the booklet (presumably 16 pages).
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 193-194, 215.
BAC: British Art Center copy is incomplete: lacks the booklet (16 pages). The sheets of characters and wings are uncut. Uncolored. Accompanied by wings from Guy Fawkes and Jonathan Bradford.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- 1837-1840.
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