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Programme

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plate-printed silk satin edged with bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dame Anna Neagle

  • Museum number:

    T.293-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an inexpensively produced printed silk programme for a night of music and recitation arranged by and for the Wanstead Young Men's Association to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was printed on coloured silk satin probably with an engraved copper plate and using paper printing inks.

The Wanstead Young Men's Association was probably one of a number of local Victorian organisations with members drawn from branches of the working classes with a strong interest in the performing arts. The programme sets out the entertainment for the evening. Both men and women performed piano, violin and vocal turns, and prizes for recitation were presented during the interval.

The central cartouche (oval panel) of oak leaves shows Queen Victoria as Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India. Six flags, all indistinct except for the Union Jack, are represented. The design also includes a lion, tiger, kangaroo and beaver, representing Africa, India, Australia and Canada. The back of the programme shows a view of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Physical description

Jubilee soiree programme of blue plate-printed silk satin edged with bobbin lace. The central cartouche, an oval panel, of oak leaves shows Queen Victoria as Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India. Six flags, all indistinct except for the Union Jack, are represented. The design also includes a lion, tiger, kangaroo and beaver, representing Africa, India, Australia and Canada. The back of the programme shows a view of Windsor Castle. Inscribed with 'Wanstead Young Men's Association' and 'Jubilee Soiree'.

The inside is arranged across two pages with the entertainment for the evening in two parts with piano, violin and vocal turns and recitations to be performed by a number of individuals, both male and female. This also announces the giving of prizes gained at the Reciting Competition during the interval.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

1887 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Plate-printed silk satin edged with bobbin lace

Marks and inscriptions

'Wanstead Young Men's Association'
Above the portrait of Queen Victoria

'JUBILEE' and 'SOIREE'
Below the portrait of Queen Victoria

Dimensions

Height: 32.5 cm, Width: 39 cm open

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/2164A.

Descriptive line

Jubilee soiree programme of blue plate-printed silk satin edged with bobbin lace, probably made in London, 1887.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This programme is a reminder of the many small-scale events that commemorated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It was made specifically to be kept as a memento of a celebration by the Wanstead Young Men's Association. Cheaper versions may have been made in paper. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Silk (textile)

Techniques

Satin; Lace; Printing

Subjects depicted

Lion; Portrait; Beaver; Leaves; Tiger; Kangaroo

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Textiles; Lace

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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