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Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    ca.1890 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Scraps first appeared in the early 19th century as black and white engravings, and were later coloured by hand. By the 1820s they had become more elaborate and sometimes embossed, and within a decade both the printing and embossing processes were automated. They were colour printed by chromolithography, and coated with a gelatine and gum layer to give them a gloss finish. After being embossed they were die-cut and put through a stamping press to cut away the unwanted areas of paper, leaving the individual images connected by small strips, often bearing the name or initials of the maker.

Scraps became extremely popular in Victorian England to be cut out by adults or children and stuck into albums, on to screens, or used for decorating greetings cards. This is one of a series of scraps featuring portraits of contemporary theatrical 'types'. This is the Lessee who owns a lease on a theatre and to whose account the profits or losses of a theatre are due.

Physical description

Full colour paper scrap depicting the head of a middle-aged man with a moustache, smoking a cigarette, and wearing a top hat and jacket with beaver-trimmed lapels and a white bow tie. Titled 'Lessee'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


ca.1890 (printed)


Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper


Height: 5.6 cm irregular, Width: 2.8 cm irregular

Descriptive line

Printed paper scrap depicting a young man, entitled Lessee. Colour lithograph printed by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., ca.1890.



Subjects depicted

Top hat; Bow tie; Moustache


Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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