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Mischief

  • Object:

    Sheet music

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1891 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Brunn, Thomas (composer)
    Le Brunn, George, born 20 - died 18 (composer)
    Banks, Harry G. (lithographer)
    Stannard, W.T. (lithographer)
    Charles Sheard & Co. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph, printing ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the estate of Ned Sherrin in memory of Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin

  • Museum number:

    S.83-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sheet music cover for 'Mischief' as sung by Marie Lloyd, written by Thomas Le Brunn and composed by George Le Brunn. Published in London by Charles Sheard & Co., 1891.

Before the use of gramophones and radio became widespread, the music sheet was the mainstay of the music industry. The explosion in popularity of parlour music in the late 19th century, with a piano becoming a fixture in the home, led to the printing of famous songs from the music hall stage. This music sheet is one of many that were issued with the words and music of songs performed by the music hall star Marie Lloyd.

Marie Lloyd (1870-1922) had a career spanning 40 years. She first appeared at the Eagle Tavern in London aged 15 as Bella Delmare, singing ‘My Soldier Laddie’. By 1885 she had become Marie Lloyd with her hit song ‘The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery’. She was a huge success and topped the bill at the West End music halls. Her songs were full of innuendo and double meaning. ‘She’d never had her ticket punched before’ and ‘Oh Mr Porter what shall I do?’ appeared innocent on first reading but took on a very saucy interpretation when performed by Miss Lloyd.

Physical description

Music sheet cover for 'Mischief', illustrated with a full length image of Marie Lloyd in a striped dress and scenes from the song. On the reverse is a list of 'New and Standard Songs of Intrinsic Merit'.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1891 (published)

Artist/maker

Le Brunn, Thomas (composer)
Le Brunn, George, born 20 - died 18 (composer)
Banks, Harry G. (lithographer)
Stannard, W.T. (lithographer)
Charles Sheard & Co. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph, printing ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'This Song may be Sung Anywhere without fee or Licence / Except at Music Halls. / MISCHIEF. / Imitation Negro Song and Dance, / Words by/ Thos. / Le Brunn, / Music by / Geo. Le Brunn, / Sung With The / Greatest Possible / Success by / MISS MARIE / LLOYD. / Copyright for all Countries / London / Charles Sheard & Co. / Music Publishers & Printers, / 192 High Holborn, W.C. / Copyright 1891, by Charles Sheard & Co. / W. T. Stannard, Lith / Price 4/-'
Printed on cover

Dimensions

Height: 35.8 cm, Width: 25.6 cm

Descriptive line

Sheet music cover for 'Mischief' as sung by Marie Lloyd, written by Thomas Le Brunn and composed by George Le Brunn. Published in London by Charles Sheard & Co., 1891

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Printing; Lithography

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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