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Harry Beard Collection

Sheet Music
ca.1888 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Herbert Campbell (1844-1904) sang this comic song I'm Getting A Big Boy Now in the pantomime Cinderella that opened at London's Drury Lane Theatre on 26th December 1888. A comic vocalist, Herbert Campbell made his first pantomime appearance in King Winter at the Theatre Royal, Liverpool in 1871, and in 1882 made his first appearance in the Drury Lane pantomime Babes in the Wood with Dan Leno as his comic foil. They appeared together in the annual Christmas pantomime every year until his death in 1904 aged 59.

A heading at the top of the front sheet indicates that the song was 'encored nightly in Mr. Robert Reece's Burlesque Drama Forty Thieves' and was also sung by Mr. Harry Monkhouse.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleHarry Beard Collection (named collection)
Materials and techniques
Lithograph
Brief description
Outer cover of the sheet music for I'm getting a big boy now composed by Amere Stripling with lyrics by Harry Nicholls, illustrated with an image of Herbert Campbell (1844-1904) by William Spalding, printed by Thomas Packer, published by Francis, Bros & Day, ca. 1888. Harry Beard Collection
Physical description
Outer cover of the sheet music for I'm getting a big boy now. The front sheet has a full-length illustration of a colour lithograph by William Spalding of the comic vocalist Herbert Campbell in checked trousers, a short fitted black jacket and a white, wide collared shirt. He also wears a pale pink bow tie, shiny black top hat and spats. He is carrying yellow gloves in his left hand and a delicate cane in his right.

Both sides of the inner cover are printed with the lyrics for the song. The back sheet has a list of Francis Bros. & Day's 'Newest Comic Songs'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 35.2cm
  • Width: 25.3cm
Width recorded is size of 'folded' sheet.
Subject depicted
Literary referenceI'm getting to be a big boy now
Summary
Herbert Campbell (1844-1904) sang this comic song I'm Getting A Big Boy Now in the pantomime Cinderella that opened at London's Drury Lane Theatre on 26th December 1888. A comic vocalist, Herbert Campbell made his first pantomime appearance in King Winter at the Theatre Royal, Liverpool in 1871, and in 1882 made his first appearance in the Drury Lane pantomime Babes in the Wood with Dan Leno as his comic foil. They appeared together in the annual Christmas pantomime every year until his death in 1904 aged 59.

A heading at the top of the front sheet indicates that the song was 'encored nightly in Mr. Robert Reece's Burlesque Drama Forty Thieves' and was also sung by Mr. Harry Monkhouse.
Associated object
S.4354-2013 (Object)
Other number
F153-1 - H Beard Collection Numbering
Collection
Accession number
S.196:1-1989

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Record createdMarch 31, 2010
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