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Below the stage - the cellar - the slider away and the trap ready - angels in the lowers depths preparing to ascend

Print
19th century (printed)
Place Of Origin

A newspaper print illustration of an actress ascending to the stage through a trapdoor, surrounded by fellow actresses, a violinist and a stagehand.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed paper
Brief Description
Print of fairies below stage, probably in a pantomime, with stage technicians preparing to start the mechanism to elevate them to the stage, probably by a slide trap. 19th century engraving from an illustrated magazine.
Physical Description
Black and white print of a group of actresses surrounding a trapdoor under a stage, taken from a newspaper. The image shows one male violinist in a suit and five actresses dressed as angels, with one standing on a trap platform with a stagehand winding the pulley.
Dimensions
  • Height: 35.9cm
  • Width: 23.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Caption: 'BELOW THE STAGE - THE CELLAR - "THE SLIDER AWAY AND THE TRAP READY." - ANGELS IN THE LOWER DEPTHS PREPARING TO ASCEND.'
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Summary
A newspaper print illustration of an actress ascending to the stage through a trapdoor, surrounded by fellow actresses, a violinist and a stagehand.
Other Number
556 - PeoplePlay UK number
Collection
Accession Number
S.596-2017

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record createdAugust 14, 2017
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