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167
J. Golding & A. Park, et al.
EIGHT THEATRICAL 'PENNY PLAIN' AND 'TWOPENCE COLOURED' PORTRAITS
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
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167
J. Golding & A. Park, et al.
EIGHT THEATRICAL 'PENNY PLAIN' AND 'TWOPENCE COLOURED' PORTRAITS
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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J. Golding & A. Park, et al.
EIGHT THEATRICAL 'PENNY PLAIN' AND 'TWOPENCE COLOURED' PORTRAITS
each in a glazed satinbirch frame, depicting Mr Rowbotham as Count Godfrey Prince of Damascus, Miss Ford as Victorine in My Old Woman, Mr Wynne as Charles King of France in Joan of Arc, Mr Elton as Richard Coeur de Lion, Mr Phelps as Hamlet, Mr King as Little John, Mr. N. T. Hicks as Richard the 1st, or, the Lion King and another figure not identified together with a similar portrait of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar
Quantity: 9
coloured, silk and tinsel prints
smallest 23.5 by 19cm.; 9¼ by 7½in. largest 33 by 29cm.; 13in. by 11½in.
19th century
Executed between 1812 and 1848.
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Literature

Possibly those described, Notley Abbey Inventory, April 1948, p. 29, first floor / first room, ‘Three silk and tinsel pictures framed and glazed’ (The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, THM/433/6/1);
Photographed at Notley Abbey in the library circa 1959.

Catalogue Note

Tinsel prints were created from etched portraits of the theatrical stars of the day, playing their best loved roles on the London stage. Each print was then hand-painted in watercolour and decorated with scraps of silk, leather and tinsel. A popular pursuit during the first half of the 19th century, they were considered an adult hobby, rather than a child's. The prints were colloquially known as "penny plains" and "twopence coloureds", the names of which originated from the prices each cost to purchase. For other examples see those in the collection of the V&A Museum, London.

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