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Harry Beard Collection

Sheet Music
ca.1845 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Outer cover of the sheet music for The Gipsy King sung and published by Mr. Edwin Ransford.

The front sheet is illustrated with a lithograph of a man and woman seated in a country landscape. The man is leaning against a cask of beer and hoists a glass in to the air with his right hand. He is dressed in a loose shirt and breeches which finish above the knee. A sash is tied around his waist and has an unseathed dagger thrust in to it. A woman is seated on his left knee. She is dressed in a loose shirt, skirt and dark, fitted bodice. Her hair is entwined with flowers and a large tambourine rests against the rock to her left.

This song formed part of a series of musical entertainments in which the singer, actor and composer Edwin Ransford performed from 1845 onwards. In this instance 'llustrations of Gipsy Life and Character' (with the words to the songs by Eliza Cook) provided the theme and inspiration.

Object details

Category
Object type
TitleHarry Beard Collection (named collection)
Materials and techniques
Chromolithograph
Brief description
Outer cover for sheet music for The Gipsy King!, published by E. Ransford circa 1845, Harry Beard Collection.
Physical description
Outer cover of the sheet music for The Gipsy King. The front sheet is illustrated with a lithograph of a man and woman seated in a country landscape. The man is leaning against a cask of beer and hoists a glass in to the air with his right hand. He is dressed in a loose shirt and breeches which finish above the knee. A sash is tied around his waist and has an unseathed dagger thrust in to it. A woman is seated on his left knee. She is dressed in a loose shirt, skirt and dark, fitted bodice. Her hair is entwined with flowers and a large tambourine rests against the rock to her left.
The inside of the back sheet has the final section of the song printed upon it.
Dimensions
  • Height: 32.5cm
  • Width: 24.2cm
Width recorded is size of 'folded' sheet.
Subject depicted
Literary referenceThe Gipsy King
Summary
Outer cover of the sheet music for The Gipsy King sung and published by Mr. Edwin Ransford.

The front sheet is illustrated with a lithograph of a man and woman seated in a country landscape. The man is leaning against a cask of beer and hoists a glass in to the air with his right hand. He is dressed in a loose shirt and breeches which finish above the knee. A sash is tied around his waist and has an unseathed dagger thrust in to it. A woman is seated on his left knee. She is dressed in a loose shirt, skirt and dark, fitted bodice. Her hair is entwined with flowers and a large tambourine rests against the rock to her left.

This song formed part of a series of musical entertainments in which the singer, actor and composer Edwin Ransford performed from 1845 onwards. In this instance 'llustrations of Gipsy Life and Character' (with the words to the songs by Eliza Cook) provided the theme and inspiration.
Other number
F153-53 - H Beard Collection Numbering
Collection
Accession number
S.184:1-1989

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Record createdMarch 25, 2010
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