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Sheet Music - The Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee

  • Object:

    Sheet Music

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1875 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lee, Alfred (composers)
    Green, Frank W. (lyricists)
    Sheard, Charles (publishers)
    The Musical Bouquet (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromolithograph. Intermediate pages composed of printed text.

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sheet music was published in 1875 in The Musical Bouquet, a series of affordable piano music published weekly as individual pieces, and every six months as bound volumes. William Strange (1801-1871) and James Bingley started publishing The Musical Bouquet from the office in 192 High Holborn in January 1845, with their illustrator Alfred Ashley (1820-1897) and their editor Francis Lancelott, probably inspired by G.H. Davidson's similar publication The Musical Treasury launched in 1844. Bingley had previously collaborated with Ashley in 1843-1844 to publish the two-volume Bingley's Select Vocalist, an eclectic collection of songs, glees and duets engraved by Bingley from drawings by Ashley. In the hands of Strange and Davidson the pieces published by The Musical Bouquet were largely pirated from other publishers. Strange sold his publishing business to his son William Strange Junior on 18th February 1849, but after that date Charles Sheard Senior is associated with The Musical Bouquet. He soon became its proprietor, increased its production to two pieces a week, and by its height of popularity in the 1860s, to eight copies a week. On his death in 1873 his son Charles Sheard Junior took control of the firm as senior partner and The Musical Bouquet continued until 1898, after which Charles Sheard Junior continued publishing music sheets from 192 High Holborn.

Physical description

Music sheet for The Spelling Bee illustrated with an image of a bee reading a book, with bee hives in the background

Place of Origin

London (published)


1875 (published)


Lee, Alfred (composers)
Green, Frank W. (lyricists)
Sheard, Charles (publishers)
The Musical Bouquet (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Chromolithograph. Intermediate pages composed of printed text.


Height: 35.5 cm front cover approx, Width: 26 cm front cover

Descriptive line

Music sheet for The Spelling Bee written by Frank W. Green, music by Alfred Lee, published by Charles Sheard, Musical Bouquet Office, London, 1875


Paper; Ink


Printing; Lithography


Entertainment & Leisure; Prints


Theatre and Performance Collection

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