Printed playbill for a command performance at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, for King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu. London, 31 May 1824
Bifolium (approximately 13 x 14 1/4 in.; 330 x 362 mm). Some rubbing and discoloration, tears (with loss) at central vertical fold repaired. Matted, glazed and framed (not examined out of frame)
A handcolored lithograph (approx. 11 x 12 in; 280 x 305 mm) after J. W. Gear by C. Hullmandel, [London, 1824], captioned "their majesties King Rheo Rhio [Kam. II, aka Liholiho], Queen Tamehamalu; Madame Poki [Boki]; of the Sandwich Islands, and Suite. As they appeared at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, June 4th 1824."
The Royal Couple's fatal journey to England. On 27 November 1823, Kamehameha II, Kamamalu, and an entourage that included Governor Boki of Oahu and his wife Liliha, set sail for England, arriving in May 1824. King George IV and his government planned an itinerary of royal entertainments for the visitors. Unfortunately the party was attacked by measles, a disease unknown to them. The queen died on 8 July and the king six days later. Their bodies were returned home on a British vessel.
The Covent Garden program consisted of two plays, "Pizarro" and "The Spirits of the Moon, or the Inundation of the Nile."
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