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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.149-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case 5B, shelf 12

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.David Garrick first played King Lear in London at Goodmans Fields Theatre in a production which opened on 28 May 1742, but not with Miss Younge as Cordelia.

Physical description

Multicoloured paper scrap with printed lines of text, depicting David Garrick as King Lear and Miss Younge ( Mrs Elizabeth Pope 1744?-1797) as Cordelia, in King Lear Act IV scene 7. Chromolithograph printed by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., ca.1890, with the monogram of Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co.

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: 16.8 cm irregular, Width: 10.9 cm irregular

Descriptive line

Shakespearean characters paper scrap depicting David Garrick as King Lear and Miss Younge ( Mrs Elizabeth Pope 1744?-1797) as Cordelia, in King Lear Act IV scene 7. Chromolithograph printed by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., ca.1890.

Labels and date

11, 12
TINSEL PRINTS AND SCRAPS

One of the earliest forms of souvenirs was the tinsel print. These were not ready made, but had to be painstakingly assembled by gluing punched metal shapes and bits of cloth on to an engraving of a celebrity or character.

Another popular pastime was compiling scrapbooks. Sheets could be bought featuring a series of characters to be collected and pasted in as keepsakes.

Tinsel print showing Mr Wallack as the Monarch of the Deep Deep Sea
About 1830
Paper and metal
M.W. Stone Collection
Given by M.W. Stone
Museum no. S.33-1981

Scrap for a Shakespeare character card: King Lear
About 1890
Printed card
Given by British Theatre Museum Association
Museum no. S.149-2008
[March 2014]

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Chromolithography

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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