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Print - H Beard Print Collection

H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    london (published)

  • Date:

    19th century (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spalding, William (lithographers)
    Packer, Thomas (lithographer)
    Edwin Ashdown (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromolithograph, print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The music hall singer Fred Albert (1845-1886) specialised in topical songs and gave up a career in a City merchants' office to go on the halls. Some of his earliest appearances were at Hoxton Hall, probably in the 1860s.

This music sheet was for the satirical song Perverted Proverbs or Tupperny Philosphy that satirised the book Proverbial Philosphy by Martin Tupper (1810-1889) that contained moralising aphorisms such as: 'Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech'. The book was first published in 1837, went through forty large editions by 1867 and nearly a million copies in the United States.

Physical description

Chromolithograph song sheet cover entitled Perverted Proverbs, written, composed and sung by Fred Albert.

Place of Origin

london (published)


19th century (published)


Spalding, William (lithographers)
Packer, Thomas (lithographer)
Edwin Ashdown (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Chromolithograph, print


Height: 33.9 cm Print size, Width: 22.9 cm Print size, Height: 43 cm Total including mount, Width: 32.7 cm Total including mount

Descriptive line

Music sheet cover for Perverted Proverbs or Tupperny Philosophy, written, composed and sung by Fred Albert (1845-1886). Illustration by Alfred Bryan (1852-1899), colour lithograph by by W. Spalding, printed by Thomas Packer, published by Edwin Ashdown, Harry Beard Collection.


Paper; Ink


Chromolithograph; Print-making


Entertainment & Leisure; Prints


Theatre and Performance Collection

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