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Print - George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)
    Kohler - W. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printing ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the V&A in 2010.

  • Museum number:

    S.1163-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A print of a pen and ink sketch titled G. Hadfield's Sheffield Champion, Punch and Judy. It shows a Punch and Judy booth, within which a row of gentleman hang suspended from their necks, apparently unconscious or dead. To the left of the row is a devil with pitchfork. At the front of the stage is another figure. He wears Punch's jester's cap and his 'punchinello hump' is marked 'TELEGRAPH'. He carries a club marked 'Truth and Honesty under his left arm' and is shown smoking a cigar as he declares "We have settled them all Tear'em". His comments appear to be addressed to a dog-like figure seated on the left hand side of the stage. This figure is smoking a pipe and wears a collar marked 'TEAR'EM'. In front of the stage a group of men in top hats and caps have gathered to watch the action. A few of them are commenting on the victory declaring "Look at Bobby Stainton and Little Nadin" and "It's all o'er lads".

Although the image is not dated, the dress of the men resembles the fashions of the mid to late 19th century. The gentleman marked TELEGRAPH also bears a noticeable resemblance to the editor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Edward Levy-Lawson, 1st Baron Burnham (28 December 1833 - 9 January 1916) who, together with Thornton Leigh Hunt, acted as editor of the paper from 1855-1873.

It is part of the George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection.

Physical description

A print of a pen and ink sketch titled G. Hadfield's Sheffield Champion, Punch and Judy. It shows a Punch and Judy booth, within which a row of gentleman hang suspended from their necks, apparently unconscious or dead. To the left of the row is a devil with pitchfork. At the front of the stage is another figure. He wears Punch's jester's cap and his 'punchinello hump' is marked 'TELEGRAPH'. He carries a club marked 'Truth and Honesty under his left arm' and is shown smoking a cigar as he declares "We have settled them all Tear'em". His comments appear to be addressed to a dog-like figure seated on the left hand side of the stage. This figure is smoking a pipe and wears a collar marked 'TEAR'EM'.

In front of the stage a group of men in top hats and caps have gathered to watch the action. A few of them are commenting on the victory declaring "Look at Bobby Stainton and Little Nadin" and "It's all o'er lads".

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

19th century (printed)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)
Kohler - W. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

printing ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 43.4 cm, Width: 27.8 cm

Descriptive line

A print of a pen and ink sketch titled G. Hadfield's Sheffield Champion, Punch and Judy. Ca. mid to late 19th century. George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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