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Poster - Benefit night of Charles Paulo and Mlle Nellie
  • Benefit night of Charles Paulo and Mlle Nellie
    The Theatre Royal Printing Office
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Benefit night of Charles Paulo and Mlle Nellie

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (printed)

  • Date:

    1881 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Theatre Royal Printing Office (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodcut and letterpress

  • Museum number:

    S.544-1996

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case WW, shelf EXP

The inventive woodcut image on this Birmingham Theatre Royal poster enticed audiences to a Benefit evening, for which the clown Charles Paulo and the dancer Mlle. Nellie received a percentage of the profits. The pantomime Dick Whittington, running from December until April was the first pantomime appearance of the music hall star George Chirgwin (1854-1922). As Idle Jack, his character’s poverty conveniently forced him to take up minstrelsy and perform his popular act.

Physical description

Poster advertising the benefit night of Charles Paulo and Mlle. Nellie at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, dated Monday, 28 March, with lettering in red and black ink, The capital letters of the name 'Paulo' are shown as if in three dimensions against a red background, with the head of a whiteface clown looking through the letter U and smaller figures of clowns and circus artistes performing acrobatics around the letters.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (printed)

Date

1881 (printed)

Artist/maker

The Theatre Royal Printing Office (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Woodcut and letterpress

Dimensions

Height: 75.5 cm poster, Width: 25.2 cm poster, Height: 79.5 cm paper backing, Width: 28 cm paper backing

Descriptive line

Poster advertising the benefit night of Charles Paulo and Mlle. Nellie featuring The Corsican Brothers, Dick Whittington and his Cat with G.H. Chirgwin as Clown, and La Fille du Fermier, Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 28 March 1881. Woodcut and letterpress printed by the Birmingham Theatre Royal printers

Labels and date

The inventive woodcut on the poster features figures tumbling around the name of the clown Charles Paulo (although in this performance of Dick Whittington, the clown was played by George Chirgwin, who went on to become a star of music hall). The evening was a benefit for Paulo and ballet mistress Mlle Nellie, meaning that they received a welcome percentage of the profits. [16/08/2016]

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Woodcut; Letterpress printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Posters; Advertising

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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