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Harry Beard Collection

  • Object:

    Sheet music

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1897 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Connor, Tim W. (composer)
    Connor, Tim W. (lyricist)
    Banks, Harry G. (artist)
    Francis, Day & Hunter (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromolithograph

  • Museum number:

    S.192:1-1989

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 55, Clore Study Area, case CA4, shelf 2

Outer cover of the sheet music for If I hadn't ha' been so shy written and composed by T.W. Connor and published by Francis, Day & Hunter. The song was sung by George Beauchamp and the front sheet featured an illustrated of him as Widow Twanky. This sheet is covered in a pale red wash. At its centre is an illustration of a Beauchamp dressed in a Japanese inspired costume of a wide sleeved silk tunic over loose trousers which finish just above the ankle. On top of a black wig he wears a hat with a long, white veil at the rear.

The back sheet is printed with a list of Francis, Day & Hunter's 'Successful Dance Novelties', its inner cover is printed with the lyrics for the song.

Physical description

Outer cover of the sheet music for If I hadn't ha' been so shy. The front sheet is covered in a pale red wash. At its centre is an illustration of George Beauchamp as Widow Twankey dressed in a Japanese inspired costume of a wide sleeved silk tunic over loose trousers which finish just above the ankle. On top of a black wig he wears a hat with a long, white veil at the rear.
The back sheet is printed with a list of Francis, Day & Hunter's 'Successful Dance Novelties'. Its inner cover is printed with the lyrics for the song.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca. 1897 (published)

Artist/maker

Connor, Tim W. (composer)
Connor, Tim W. (lyricist)
Banks, Harry G. (artist)
Francis, Day & Hunter (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Chromolithograph

Marks and inscriptions

T.W.Connor
Handwritten in silver ink, possibly the signature of the composer and writer

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 25.5 cm

Descriptive line

Outer cover of the sheet music for If I Hadn't Ha' Been So Shy published by Francis, Day & Hunter, featuring George Beauchamp as Widow Twankey in Aladdin, lithograph by H.G. Banks, Harry Beard Collection.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Chromolithograph

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Cross-dressing

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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