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Harlequin riddle-me, riddle-me-ree or, You can't guess what this may be : adapted only for Redington's characters and scenes.

London : Printed and published by J. Redington, [between 1850 and 1876]
Physical Description:
16 pages ; 15 cm and 26 sheets : illustrations ; 17 x 21 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Redington Harlequin riddle-me, riddle-me-ree
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 riddle-me, riddle-me-ree was first performed at the Olympic in 1841. See: Speaight.
John Redington was active as a publisher of toy theaters from 1850 to 1876. See Speaight.
The sheets were originally published by John Kirby Green in 1842. See Speaight.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 192-193, 216
BAC: British Art Center copy lacks all scenery and figures. Booklet only. Printed wrapper missing.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- [between 1850 and 1876].
Adapted from the (work): Lee, Nelson, 1806-1872. Harlequin riddle-me, riddle-me-ree or, You can't guess what this may be.
Redington, J. (John), 1819-1876, publisher.
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