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Sherlock Snoop

Glove Puppet
1975 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This glove puppet of Sherlock Snoop, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle character Sherlock Holmes, was made by Paul Hansard for his puppet show Snoop in 1975.

Paul Hansard’s career as a one-man puppeteer began in 1971 when John Wright invited him to give six puppet shows at the Little Angel Marionette Theatre in Islington. The success of these plays started his career as a puppeteer. Paul Hansard had worked with puppets before, and his puppet show Johnny and Flonny, about a rabbit and a little boy who was always getting into scrapes, was shown as a weekly serial on ITV’s Small Time when ITV aired for the first time in 1955.

Over the course of his career as a one-man puppet show between 1971 and 1994 Paul Hansard created 13 shows, gave 3,971 performances and made over 200 puppets


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved wood, papier mâché, paint, cotton, fur fabric, felt and leather.
Brief Description
Glove puppet of Sherlock Snoop, made by Paul Hansard for his puppet play Snoop, or the Case of the Yellow Judge, 1975. Given by Paul Hansard.
Physical Description
Glove puppet of Sherlock Snoop. Carved head with papier mâché for facial features including high cheekbones and prominent chin, face painted pink, brown fur fabric hair, leather hands, brown felt waistcoat, and a long red and blue fine tweed fabric costume made to cover the puppeteer's wrist and lower arm.
Dimensions
  • Height: 61.5cm
  • Hand to hand, with arms outstretched width: 27cm
  • Back of head to tip of nose depth: 12.5cm
Credit line
Given by Paul Hansard
Literary ReferenceSherlock Holmes
Summary
This glove puppet of Sherlock Snoop, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle character Sherlock Holmes, was made by Paul Hansard for his puppet show Snoop in 1975.



Paul Hansard’s career as a one-man puppeteer began in 1971 when John Wright invited him to give six puppet shows at the Little Angel Marionette Theatre in Islington. The success of these plays started his career as a puppeteer. Paul Hansard had worked with puppets before, and his puppet show Johnny and Flonny, about a rabbit and a little boy who was always getting into scrapes, was shown as a weekly serial on ITV’s Small Time when ITV aired for the first time in 1955.



Over the course of his career as a one-man puppet show between 1971 and 1994 Paul Hansard created 13 shows, gave 3,971 performances and made over 200 puppets

Other Number
Collection
Accession Number
S.1164-2011

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record createdMarch 8, 2012
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