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Print - The Elephant and Castle
  • The Elephant and Castle
    Bryan, Alfred, born 1852 - died 1899
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The Elephant and Castle

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1873 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bryan, Alfred, born 1852 - died 1899 (artist)
    Edward Tyrrell Smith

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printing ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.1605-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cartoon by the prolific cartoonist Alfred Bryan (1852-1899) was produced to celebrate the opening of the Elephant and Castle Theatre in 1872 by the Victorian showman and entrepreneur Edward Tyrrell Smith (1804-1877). It shows Tyrrell, his body in the form of a castle, riding an elephant. He holds a banner marked ‘Success’. Smith opened the theatre in 1872 with a staircase connecting it to the station, taking advantage of the Chatham and Dover railway stop at the Elephant and Castle which he knew would easily attract customers travelling into the metropolis by railway. The theatre was destroyed by fire in March 1878.

E.T. Smith had an interest in a wide variety of theatrical concerns in London, including Vauxhall Gardens, the Marylebone Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, of which he became a lessee in 1852, the Alhambra Palace, which he opened as a circus in 1858, Cremorne Gardens, which he leased from 1861 to 1869, Astley’s Circus, of which he was the lessee from 1863, the Lyceum, which he leased from 1867, the Surrey Theatre from 1870 and Highbury Barn from 1871.

Physical description

Caricature of Edward Tyrrell Smith (1804-1877) entitled The Elephant and Castle showing E.T. Smith with a castle for his body riding an elephant, a reference to his construction of The Elephant and Castle Theatre, 1872. Illustration from a newspaper.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1873 (published)

Artist/maker

Bryan, Alfred, born 1852 - died 1899 (artist)
Edward Tyrrell Smith

Materials and Techniques

Printing ink on paper

Dimensions

Width: 15.8 cm

Descriptive line

Caricature of Edward Tyrrell Smith (1804-1877) entitled The Elephant and Castle showing E.T. Smith with a castle for his body riding an elephant, a reference to his construction of The Elephant and Castle Theatre, 1872. From a lithograph by Alfred Bryan (1852-1899)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Economics of the British Stage 1800-1914 by Tracy C. Davis, p.205

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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