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Harry Beard Collection

Sheet Music
circa 1848 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Outer cover of the sheet music for The King of the Beggars sung with great applause by Mr. Ransford (1805-1876) and written and composed 'expressly for him' by Stephen Glover. It was published in London by E.Ransford, Charles Street, Soho Square, London.

The front of the sheet is illustrated with a black and white lithograph. It shows a town square round the edge of which a group of beggars are sitting. A dark central figure raises a wooden shovel trimmed with a ribbon and bell in his right hand. He is dressed in a dark tunic trimmed with lace at the centre front over a pair of striped leggings. His shoes are long and pointed. In his left hand he holds a stout stick on the top of which he has balanced a feather trimmed hat.

The image is captioned 'The King of the Beggars am I/And a jolly old Beggar I am!'.

The inside cover of this outer sheet is printed with the final section of the music for the song and an additional fourth verse to be used 'when required'.

Object details

Category
Object type
TitleHarry Beard Collection (named collection)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Sheet music cover for The King of the Beggars, written and composed by Styephen Glover (1813-1870) for Mr. Ransford, published in London by E. Ransford, Harry Beard Collection.
Physical description
Outer cover of the sheet music for The King of the Beggars. The front of the sheet is illustrated with a black and white lithograph. It shows a town square round the edge of which a group of beggars are sitting. A dark central figure raises a wooden shovel trimmed with a ribbon and bell in his right hand. He is dressed in a dark tunic trimmed with lace at the centre front over a pair of striped leggings. His shoes are long and pointed. In his left hand he holds a stout stick on the top of which he has balanced a feather trimmed hat.
The image is captioned 'The King of the Beggars am I/And a jolly old Beggar I am!'.
The inside cover of this outer sheet is printed with the final section of the music for the song and an additional fourth verse to be used 'when required'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 31.9cm
  • Width: 23.6cm
Marks and inscriptions
Edwin Ransford (Handwritten signature across the bottom right hand corner of the front sheet)
Subject depicted
Literary referenceThe King of the Beggars
Summary
Outer cover of the sheet music for The King of the Beggars sung with great applause by Mr. Ransford (1805-1876) and written and composed 'expressly for him' by Stephen Glover. It was published in London by E.Ransford, Charles Street, Soho Square, London.

The front of the sheet is illustrated with a black and white lithograph. It shows a town square round the edge of which a group of beggars are sitting. A dark central figure raises a wooden shovel trimmed with a ribbon and bell in his right hand. He is dressed in a dark tunic trimmed with lace at the centre front over a pair of striped leggings. His shoes are long and pointed. In his left hand he holds a stout stick on the top of which he has balanced a feather trimmed hat.

The image is captioned 'The King of the Beggars am I/And a jolly old Beggar I am!'.

The inside cover of this outer sheet is printed with the final section of the music for the song and an additional fourth verse to be used 'when required'.
Other number
F153-54 - H Beard Collection Numbering
Collection
Accession number
S.207:1-1989

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Record createdMarch 30, 2010
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