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Chu Chin Chow

Poster
1916 (issued)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

'Chu Chin Chow'. Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the play by O. Asche. Signed and dated '16'.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
colour lithography
Brief description
'Chu Chin Chow'. Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the play by Oscar Asche. Design by Dudley Hardy. England. 1916.
Physical description
'Chu Chin Chow'. Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the play by O. Asche. Signed and dated '16'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 75.4cm
  • Width: 49.5cm
Dimensions taken from: Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Marks and inscriptions
Signed and dated '16'.
Credit line
Given by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd.
Historical context
O. Asche's play 'Chu Chin Chow' (with music by F. Norton) was first produced at His Majesty's Theatre, London, 31 August 1916.
Bibliographic references
  • Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
  • The following excerpt is from 'China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception' by Yang Hon-Lun and Michael Saffle: 'Between 1916 and 1921, Chu Chin Chow ran for 2,235 performances in London and several hundred more in New York.... Despite its title, Chu Chin Chow is almost entirely about imagined Arabs. Before act 1 even begins, the show’s eponymous “merchant mandarin” is murdered by the evil Abu Hasan, who then takes the merchant’s place. Faux Chinese music accompanies Hasan’s entrance in Chinese disguise but the rest of the show, which recasts the familiar adventures of Aladdin, is outfitted with a score dimly reminiscent of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov'.
Other number
17/C2 - V&A microfiche
Collection
Accession number
E.1193-1916

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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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