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His Worship the Mayor

  • Object:

    Toytown statue

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hulme Beaman, Sydney George, born 1887 - died 1932 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and carved wood and painted composition

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Betty Billett

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 14

Physical description

Male figure with a tricorn hat and a metal staff painted entirely in brown standing on a grey painted cubic pedestal that in turn sits on two blocks of compostion marked and painted terracotta and grey to represent tiles. The two blocks are stepped. Each of the four faces of the pedestal is painted white with an inscription on three sides. Each of the four corners has two painted celluloid pillars. The figure is an original Toytown puppet whose articulation has been glued.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1920-1930 (made)


Hulme Beaman, Sydney George, born 1887 - died 1932 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted and carved wood and painted composition

Marks and inscriptions

On three sides of the statue pedestal; painting; paint


Length: 10.3 cm maximum square base measurement, Height: 18.5 cm, Height: 11 cm figure only

Object history note

Hulme Beaman's own original Toytown statue that he used for scene-setting prior to writing and illustrating his stories and plays

Descriptive line

Painted wood and composition model statue of the Mayor of Toytown made by S G Hulme Beaman in the 1920s

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

Hulme Beaman, S.G. The Book of Toytown and Larry the Lamb, London: Harrap, 1979


Paint; Metal; Wood; Card; Composition; Celluloid


Painting; Carving


Museum of Childhood

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