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H Beard Print Collection

Print
ca. 18th century (made)

This print comprises twenty-four vignettes entitled 'Representations of the several Surprizing Performances of the Famous POLANDER, as they are Performed every Evening at Sadlers Wells'.

'The Famous Polander' was also billed as 'The Famous Balance Master' since his act consisted of balancing a pole in as many as twenty-four different ways. His career spanned the 1780s and 1790s and he performed his feats to great acclaim at Sadler's Wells in 1785 in a run of performances. Polander used a pole or poles with which to do various balancing feats, and the act became so popular that Victorian marionette troupes including the Tiller Clowes company included a Polander among its variety characters. The Theatre Museum has a marionette of Polander as part of its collection.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
etching
Brief description
Twenty-four scenes entitled 'Representations of the several Surprizing Performances of the Famous POLANDER, as they are Performed every Evening at Sadlers Wells', ca. 18th c. Harry Beard Collection,
Physical description
Etched print detailing twenty-four scenes entitled 'Representations of the several Surprizing Performances of the Famous POLANDER, as they are Performed every Evening at Sadlers Wells'
Dimensions
  • Print size height: 32.4cm
  • Print size width: 48.9cm
Marks and inscriptions
'Aerobats - Rare Print' (Written in pencil on back of print.)
Place depicted
Summary
This print comprises twenty-four vignettes entitled 'Representations of the several Surprizing Performances of the Famous POLANDER, as they are Performed every Evening at Sadlers Wells'.



'The Famous Polander' was also billed as 'The Famous Balance Master' since his act consisted of balancing a pole in as many as twenty-four different ways. His career spanned the 1780s and 1790s and he performed his feats to great acclaim at Sadler's Wells in 1785 in a run of performances. Polander used a pole or poles with which to do various balancing feats, and the act became so popular that Victorian marionette troupes including the Tiller Clowes company included a Polander among its variety characters. The Theatre Museum has a marionette of Polander as part of its collection.
Other number
F.66-5 - H Beard collection numbering
Collection
Accession number
S.1353-2009

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Record createdJanuary 26, 2009
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