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[London] : [M. & M. Skelt], [between 1837-1840]
Physical Description:
22 pages ; 17 cm and 30 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Skelt Mazeppa
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.
Mazeppa was first performed at Coburg in 1823.
The publisher M. & M. Skelt was active from 1837-1840. See Speaight.
Description based on the copy at the Yale Center for British Art, which lacks the booklet (presumably 22 pages).
Mazeppa is a dramatization of Lord Byron's poem.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 193-194, 209
BAC: British Art Center copy is incomplete: lacks the booklet (22 pages) and no. 10 of 14 plates of scenery. The sheets of characters and wings are uncut. Uncolored.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- 1837-1840.
Adaption of (work): Milner, H. M. Henry M. Mazeppa.
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Mazeppa.
M. & M. Skelt (Firm), publisher.
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