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Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    6/12/1837 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fairburn, S (printed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    etching, coloured by hand with fabric and tinsel additions.

  • Museum number:

    E.111-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tinsel print of Master Forde as Young Norval in Douglas. One of a set of 19 tinsel prints of theatrical scenes. Published in London by S. Fairburn on 6th December 1831.

Tinsel prints were created from etched portraits of theatrical stars in popular roles they played on the London stage. They were hand-painted in watercolour and decorated with scraps of material and tinsel additions. They were popular during the first half of the 19th century and were considered an adult, rather than a child's hobby. By the 1830s it was possible to buy the tinsel, leather and feather ornaments to go with each image.

Physical description

Portrait of Master Forde as Young Norval in Douglas, standing legs akimbo, brandishing a sword in his right hand and holding a shield with his left hand. He is wearing a pink and blue hat with black plumes, with a breastplate, shield and kilt decorated with stamped tinsel or foil. He is wearing a kilt decorated with a thistle border, and a thistle motif in the centre of his shield. He is standing in front of a mountainous landscape with a lake and a castle on the cliffs.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

6/12/1837 (printed)

Artist/maker

Fairburn, S (printed)

Materials and Techniques

etching, coloured by hand with fabric and tinsel additions.

Marks and inscriptions

Pub. as the Act Directs, Dec.6th 1837 by S. FAIRBURN, 44 Barbican.
Etched title in the plate

THE PROPERTY OF PAUL SHELVING, 16, BOLTON STREET, LONDON, W1.

Dimensions

Height: 30.2 cm, Width: 23.7 cm

Descriptive line

Tinsel print depicting Master Forde as Norval in Douglas. One of a set of 19 tinsel prints of theatrical scenes. Published in London by S. Fairburn on 6th December 1831.

Materials

Drawing board; Watercolour; Tinsel; Printing ink; Paper; Tinsel; Metal; Glue or paste

Techniques

Print-making; Painting; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Sword; Kilt; Shield

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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