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The Demon Picture

Playbill
19th century (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the first half of the 19th century playbills were predominantly printed with a letterpress. This process involved covering wood or metal letters (cut out in reverse) with ink and then clamping them into a frame holding a paper sheet. The size of the typography determined the most important information for readers: the name of the theatre, its productions and its stars.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Letterpress printing
Brief Description
Playbill for The Demon Picture, Landport Hall
Physical Description
Letterpress printed playbill with black typography for the production of The Demon Picture at the Landport Theatre, Marylebone Street. It was followed by a performance of the ballet Go to Hong Kong for Me; or, a Day at Peking and the farce The Mysterious Captain!!
Dimensions
  • Height: 501mm
  • Width: 254mm
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Pearce
Summary
In the first half of the 19th century playbills were predominantly printed with a letterpress. This process involved covering wood or metal letters (cut out in reverse) with ink and then clamping them into a frame holding a paper sheet. The size of the typography determined the most important information for readers: the name of the theatre, its productions and its stars.
Collection
Accession Number
S.646-2016

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record createdOctober 18, 2016
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