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Poster

1868 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This poster advertised a version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist dramatised by John Oxenford with music by Mr. Wallerstein at the Queen's Theatre, Long Acre, in April 1868. As well as J.L.Toole (1830-1906) as the Artful Dodger, the cast included Toole's lifelong friend Henry Irving as Bill Sikes and Nellie Moore as Nancy. Posters with lithographic images were produced more frequently in the 1860s because of advances in printing technology and were a significant improvement on the earlier letterpress posters. By 1868 Toole was one of London's leading comic actors and the obvious choice for the poster image, while Irving, who was still relatively unknown, doesn't feature on the poster at all.

The earliest dramatised version of Dickens' 1837 novel was produced in London's Surrey Theatre in 1838. Several versions appeared in the intervening 30 years, many more successful than this one, which didn't please the first-night audience, although it still ran until July. Toole's performance as the Dodger however impressed one critic with its 'real artistic capability'. Irving's Sikes was noted for its 'almost terrible earnestness' and 'intensity of expression', characteristics of his acting which later made him a star.


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Printed paper
Brief Description
Poster advertising J.L.Toole (1830-1906) as the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist, Queen's Theatre, 11 April 1868. Colour lithograph by T.W. Lee.
Physical Description
Colour lithograph poster showing J.L. Toole as the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist at the Queen's Theatre.
Dimensions
  • Height: 75.6cm
  • Width: 50.4cm
Object history
This poster advertised Oliver Twist, the play by J. Oxenford based on the Charles Dickens novel, produced at the Queen's Theatre, Long Acre, London, 11 April 1868. The image was copied from a photograph of Toole in the role, a copy of which is in the collection - S.139:417-2007
Association
Literary Reference<i>Oliver Twist</i>
Summary
This poster advertised a version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist dramatised by John Oxenford with music by Mr. Wallerstein at the Queen's Theatre, Long Acre, in April 1868. As well as J.L.Toole (1830-1906) as the Artful Dodger, the cast included Toole's lifelong friend Henry Irving as Bill Sikes and Nellie Moore as Nancy. Posters with lithographic images were produced more frequently in the 1860s because of advances in printing technology and were a significant improvement on the earlier letterpress posters. By 1868 Toole was one of London's leading comic actors and the obvious choice for the poster image, while Irving, who was still relatively unknown, doesn't feature on the poster at all.



The earliest dramatised version of Dickens' 1837 novel was produced in London's Surrey Theatre in 1838. Several versions appeared in the intervening 30 years, many more successful than this one, which didn't please the first-night audience, although it still ran until July. Toole's performance as the Dodger however impressed one critic with its 'real artistic capability'. Irving's Sikes was noted for its 'almost terrible earnestness' and 'intensity of expression', characteristics of his acting which later made him a star.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1710-1995

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