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Punch and Judy at the Seaside

Print
1886 (drawn)
Artist/Maker

In the 19th century Punch and Judy shows became a popular feature of seaside entertainment. The crowd in the picture are gathered round a booth on the seafront at Llandudno, watching a performance by one of the Codman family. The first member of the family to have a Punch and Judy show was Richard Codman, who began performing and making puppets in 1850. His son carried on the tradition, passing on the skills to his own children, and at the beginning of the 21st century the fifth and sixth generations were still giving regular shows.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed paper
Brief Description
Engraving entitled: Punch and Judy at the Seaside. Published in the Graphic Magazine, 10 September 1887, by R. Barnes, 1886.
Physical Description
Magazine illustration from an engraving, titled: Punch and Judy at the Seaside, showing a crowd in Victorian dress watching a Punch and Judy performance on the seafront. Signed 'R. Barnes '86'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 39cm
  • Including card mount height: 40cm
  • Width: 56.5cm
  • Including card mount width: 57.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Sept 1887' (pencil note below image)
  • 'Still going Strong' (pencil note below image)
Credit line
Given by the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild
Object history
This print is part of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild Collection. It was published in the Graphic Magazine, 10 September 1887.
Subjects depicted
Summary
In the 19th century Punch and Judy shows became a popular feature of seaside entertainment. The crowd in the picture are gathered round a booth on the seafront at Llandudno, watching a performance by one of the Codman family. The first member of the family to have a Punch and Judy show was Richard Codman, who began performing and making puppets in 1850. His son carried on the tradition, passing on the skills to his own children, and at the beginning of the 21st century the fifth and sixth generations were still giving regular shows.
Associated Object
S.960-2010 (Duplicate)
Other Number
G.21 - British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild number
Collection
Accession Number
S.29-2008

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record createdJune 3, 2009
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