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Print Collection

  • Object:

    Scrap

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)
    Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:

    S.59-2008

  • 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 scrap is one of a set of twelve produced by Signumd Hildesheimer & Company depicting Shakespearean characters played by popular actors. They were sold in packs costing one shilling, titled Characters from Shakespeare. A Series of Twelve Relief Scraps. Henry Irving and Ellen Terry first played the sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice at the Lyceum Theatre in October 1882.

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 scrap is one of a series depicting Shakespearean characters played by popular actors. David Garrick first played King Lear in London at Goodmans Fields Theatre in a production which opened on the 28th May 1742, but not with Miss Younge as Cordelia.

Physical description

Multicoloured paper scrap, complete for cutting out, with printed lines of text, depicting Henry Irving as Benedick wearing a pink and gold striped doublet and hose and Ellen Terry as Beatrice wearing a lilac-blue patterned overdress with turquoise blue underskirt, holding a peacock feather fan, as Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing Act IV scene 1. Chromolithograph printed by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., ca.1890, with the monogram of Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. above the word 'Copyright'. Printed with the title: CHARACTERS FROM SHAKESPEARE SHEET 2 and the sheet number 429.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)

Date

ca. 1890 (printed)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)
Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper

Dimensions

Height: 14.9 cm irregular, Width: 12.7 cm irregular

Descriptive line

Shakespearean characters paper scrap depicting Henry Irving (1838-1905) as Benedick and Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing Act IV scene 1. Chromolithograph printed by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., ca.1890. Aubrey Ensor Bequest.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Chromolithography

Subjects depicted

Fans (costume accessories)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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