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Theatrical Tinsel Picture, circa 1835

  • Theatrical Tinsel Picture, circa 1835

A Theatrical Tinsel Portrait Picture, circa 1835

"Mr Farrell as Will Weathergale", depicting a Jolly Jack Tar on the deck of a warship, from 'Captain Ross or the Hero of the Arctic Regions', probably by George Skelt

Hand-coloured engraving with collage decoration, cut-out and laid onto a painted background

Period maple frame, period glass

30cm x 25cm (including frame)

Stock Reference: LH 1810

Reference: George Speaight, The Juvenile Drama, London Mcdonald & Co., 1946, pages 146-153.


Good. Collaged or 'tinselled' print laid onto paper. Very slightly browned in places. A few cracks and (old) dormant woodworm holes to the top of the period maple frame.

A Note From Luke

Charming theatrical tinsel picture from the first half of the 19th century:

"The art of tinselling consists of embellishing or engraving  by sticking various kinds of material onto its surface; the face is let untouched, but everything else, particularly the costume or armour, may be "built up", in a more elaborate way...tinselling was entirely a home occupation, and nobody thought of buying one ready made" (From George Speaight's "The Juvenile Drama", published in 1946.

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