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Music - Mrs. Bloomer's Own

Mrs. Bloomer's Own

  • Object:

    Music

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (probably, published)

  • Date:

    ca. 19th century - early 20th century (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    E. Reyloff (composer)
    J. Coventry (lithographer)
    M & N Hanhart (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.345-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Front cover of music sheet for Mrs. Bloomer's Own, composed by Edmond Reyloff. Front cover lithograph by J. Coventry, printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Published ca. 19th century - early 20th century.

These songs celebrate Mrs Amelia Bloomer and her unconventional clothing! Mrs Bloomer was an Nineteenth century American liberal reformer, who campaigned against slavery, and for temperance and women"s rights. Hearing that some women had been attacked by the media for wearing pantaloons and not the conventional crinoline dresses, she started to wear them herself. Amelia embarked on a national lecture tour, and soon became famous across the United States for her wearing these garments. Soon the name Bloomer became synonymous with women"s loose knee-length trousers, and later with long loose underwear. Four pieces of ballroom dance music were sold with this cover: a schottische, a quadrille, a galop and some waltzes. Schottisches had a quick tempo like a polka, and were popular at this time. Quadrilles were also fashionable, especially after Napoleon favoured them at his court. They were a type of square dance, and many popular songs were adapted for this dance. Galops, as their name suggests, were also a quick dance. Waltzes could be of any tempo, quick or slow. One can imagine how wearing bloomers would be very appropriate for these quick dances!

Physical description

Front cover of music sheet for Mrs. Bloomer's Own, composed by Edmond Reyloff. Illustrated in sepia and pink, with scene showing two young women in a garden setting; one seated on a wooden seat, with large plinth with huge urn behind. Both women are wearing maroon dresses and coats with their bloomers clearly visible, both have wide hats with pink ribbon, the one on the right is holding hers in her lefty hand.
Front cover only.

Place of Origin

London, England (probably, published)

Date

ca. 19th century - early 20th century (published)

Artist/maker

E. Reyloff (composer)
J. Coventry (lithographer)
M & N Hanhart (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Mrs. Bloomer's Own / J. Coventry, lith / M. & N. Hanhart Impt. / No.1 Schottische 2/6. / No.2 Quadrille 3/s. / No. 3 Galop 2/6. / No. 4 Waltzes / Composed by Edmond Reyloff'

Dimensions

Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 24.1 cm

Descriptive line

Front cover of music sheet for Mrs. Bloomer's Own, composed by Edmond Reyloff, published ca. 19th century - early 20th century.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography; Printing

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection code

T&P

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