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[Advertising]. J. & P. Coats Best Six Cord Cotton. Three
Patience character motif advertising cards, each with quotation. 4½" x 2½" light card stock with full colour illustrated recto, and b/w text on verso advertising the thread. Sold seperately.
- a) Lady Jane with cello: "Stouter than I used to be ..." Corner faintly creased; near fine.
- b) Colonel Calverley in uniform: "When I first put this uniform on." Faint mark near lettering; near fine.
- c) Archibald Grosvenor in æsthetic dress: "Conceive me if you can ..." Fresh and clean. Fine.
[Advertising]. Sapoli-o-lic" Selections— from H.M.S. Pinafore". New York: Enoch Morgan Sons Co., . [First issue?*]. Eight parody "Rymes from ye Playe of Pynafore" (rear cover), written anonymously by Bret Harte**, each extolling the virtues of Sapolio Polishing and Cleansing Soaps, from "We sail the ocean blue ..." to "Oh, joy, oh, rapture unforeseen ...". 16 pp. sewn booklet, measuring 5" x 3½",
with pictorial (H.M.S. Pinafore) paper covers printed in black and pale-green; a touch age-toned, yet clean and fresh. A fine copy.
* Other copies we've handled, and most cited on the web, are titled "E.M.S. Pinafore" (for Enoch Morgan Sons), and measure just over 3¼" wide. World Cat dates the "H.M.S." issue as 1879, and the other as either 1881 or 1891.
** cf. Carolyn Williams's Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody, p.366
[Advertising - theatrical]. Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham. Programme
dated March 31, 1884 for The Three Hats!, 4 p. folder
with large ad for
"Mr. R. D'Oyly Carte's Comedy=Opera Company in Patience", starting April 7th.
4 pp. folder printed in black; large brown stain to lower half throughout, affecting
"P" of "Patience" in ad; horizontal creases; a couple short closed edge tears and
corner creases. Very good.
[Advertising - theatrical]. Sadler's Wells ... Season, 1936-37. Programme for The Magic Flute, with ½ p. ad for the D'Oyly Carte's 1937 Summer Season at the Theatre, "Commencing MONDAY, MAY 31st, 1937 ...", naming the season cast and prices. 8 pp. stapled booklet with creamy-yellow pictorial (the theatre) wrappers; cross folds and rupled; staples rusting; dusty. Very good..
Trial by Jury in India !
[Certificate]. A Vote of Thanks, Royal Alfred Sailors' Home [Bombay],
for participation in a fundraiser, to Miss Gresley, A Bridesmaid in
"Trial by Jury", March 1884.
Elaborate cream light card
folder printed gilt, red and blue , with the Home's arms embossed and fully
hand-coloured at top of inside panel. Faintly and evenly spotted; dusty; 1/2" split at
lower spine. Near fine.
"Excerpt from the Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors ..." expressing
thanks to the participant in a fundraising entertainment at Bombay's Gaiety
Theatre on March 12, 1884.
Signed by Henry Morland, President of the Bombay Sailors' Home Society; officer of
the Indian Navy and later, as Sir Henry Morland, Chairman of the Corporation
[Handbill]. Sir Arthur Sullivan. Book by Percy M. Young, to be published by J.M. Dent & Sons on 4 November 1971. 2 pp.
glossy cream flyer printed in reddish-brown, horizontal fold, otherwise crisp and clean. Near fine.
[Handbill]. Sasha Regan's All Male The Pirates of Penzance. Spring 2015 UK Tour. "A Regan De Wynter Production in association with Hilary A. Williams". Two sided, heavy paper,
full-colour photo-pictorial A5 sheet, advertising the return tour schedule; fresh and clean; fine.
[Libretto]. Words of the Songs and Choruses of The Little Tycoon. "An Original American-Japanese Comic Opera." [Philadelphia]: Willard Spenser, 1886. [First edition]. Stapled booklet, with
original brick-brown wrappers, decoratively printed in black; a little dusty with a few stray marks; spine split and chipped 2" at bottom and a touch chipped at top; a couple tiny edge tears; rear top corner creased. Internally toned, with a hint of "thumbing" and a couple small spots. Very good.
Created and copyrighted in 1882, and the score first published in that year, The Little Tycoon had the misfortune to be first produced in 1885 as The Mikado was in full swing in London and a New York debut was imminent. Popular in Philadelphia, its move to New York was not a success, largely because of this timing, but it continued to be performed by professional and amateur groups for many years to come.
[Magazine]. The Gilbert & Sullivan Operas Illustrated: Season 1939. London: "The Sphere", 1939.
"With 8-page section in colour, and numerous pages in photogravure ... by arrangement with the Rupert D'Oyly Carte Opera Company"; 40 pp. of spectacular b/w and sepia photos covering that season's 10 operas, colour section with set and costume designs and coloured photos; 1 pp. essay, "The Wonders of the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas"; G&S related ads on inside and rear covers. Large format, in original
putty-grey pictorial (Ko-ko and Katisha) wrappers printed in dark blue and red; lightly toned around the edges, with almost invisible vertical folds (not even noticed until it was scanned!); upper corner bumped, lower one faintly creased; one short closed edge tear; ink name and address at top front corner. Internally nice and clean, with only minor creasing at lower corner. Near fine.
[Newspaper/Magazine excerpt]. "The Gilbert and Sullivan Operas at the Princes Theatre ...". 4 pp. b/w and colour section from The Sphere, October 25, 1919; includes full-colour 12¼" x 16¼" centre spread "The Wonderful
Procession of Characters from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, From a drawing in colour by H. M. Brock", with key on last page, and Ugo Matania drawing "'The Gondoliers,' Act I. - The Duke's Daughter Alights" on front. Trimmed at edges, barely shaving the running head; old-style paper tape along outer spine, with resultant stiffening; touch of toning; a bit of rubbing and old staple holes affecting the inner joint across parade image. Overall, a very good copy, with a larger than usually seen parade image; very framable!
[Newspaper/Magazine excerpt]. "London Sees the Colour Film of 'The Mikado'". 3 pp. (of 4 pp.) colour section from The Sphere, January 14, 1939*,
illustrating scenes from the Mikado film. Pages a touch age toned; cloth tape across outer spine, affecting only the date on non-G&S ad page on verso. But for the tape, near fine.
* "A Special Section of 'The Sphere' Showing Episodes From the Screen Version of the Famous Gilbert and Sullivan Opera". Includes photos of Martyn Green and Elizabeth Nickell-Lean, credited as Elizabeth Paynter.
[Newspaper/Magazine excerpt]. "London's Gilbert and Sullivan Season". 5 pp. (of 8 pp.`) sepia-toned b/w section from The Sphere, July 9, 1938*; with
photographs illustrating Iolanthe and Pinafore. Very slight marginal foxing and a hint of dusting to front fore-edge; lower corner lightly creased. Fine.
* "A Special Section of 'The Sphere' Containing Further Pictures Taken at the Scala Theatre Where the D'Oyly Carte Company Is Presenting the Ever-Popular Savoy Operas".
[Newspaper/Magazine excerpt]. "The Sultan of Mocha. Comic Opera, in three acts, by Alfred Cellier ..." 2 pp. review by Cecil Howard of production at the Strand Theatre, in the "Our Play-Box" section of The Theatre, November 1, 1887. 2 pp. with one rough edge where removed. Fine.
[Portraits - Drawing (photo)]. Charles Gould as Marco, Act II.
Profile, head and shoulders,
b/w; 8" x 6" photographic print of drawing by Vera Mulholland (daughter of
J.B. Mulholland, manager of King's Theatre, Hammersmith, and Wimbledon Theatre);
[Portraits - Photographs]. [Group of three reproduction photos from the 1924 London Season Souvenir].
Images of Leo Sheffield as Don Alhambra, Charles Goulding as Hilarion and Sydney Granville as Strephon, each 6½ x 4¾, with facsimile signature. Slight silvering at edges, otherwise fine.
[Post Cards]. Pierpont Morgan Library. Group of four photographic postcards from items
in the Library's collections; three b/w, the last in colour. Unused; fine. They are:
- H.M.S. Pinafore b/w version of colour lithograph poster.
- The Pirates of Penzance page from manuscript score.
- Sir Arthur Sullivan by Charles Dana Gibson; detail from Punch
- The Pirates of Penzance Lancers colour lithograph sheet music cover.
[Post cards]. The Yeomen of the Guard, "Six 'Oilettes' of the Original Oil
Paintings ..."; 3 only (of 6) of Tuck's series no.9221, [n.d.], showing full-colour
Beefeaters in state dress,
with original printed kraft paper envelope. Post cards fine; very good envelope
split at seams and age-toned, but complete.
[Poster]. Requiem Mass, Mozart. Trinity College Chapel, Friday, August 10th [19xx] Featuring Muriel Harding as one of the soloists. Blue on cream 11" x 17" poster; cross folds; a couple minor closed edge tears; light corner creasing. Near fine.
[Principal's PR flyer]. Donald Adams. [ca.1980] Unfolded 4 pp.
booklet, with photo of Adams on front, professional history, accomplishments and
reviews inside, with update through 1985 glued down on last page over "Recent Stage
Performances"; minor creasing; a touch soiled near glueing. Very good.
[Programme]. Betsy, by F.C. Burnand. Sept. 20th, 1880. Criterion Theatre. "360th Performance of Betsy ... The New Comedy, in Three Acts adapted from the French of MM. Hennequin and Najac ..." Together with Jilted! by Alfred Maltby. Cast includes Lottie Venn (Plaintiff in the 1877 revival of Trial) as Betsy . 4 pp. decorative newsprint folder printed in black,
with figures from the plays on front and in margins; Rimmel perfume ad on verso; cross folds; p.3 dusty. Near fine.
[Programme]. The Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. C-I-L Opera House of the Air ... Season 1931-32. Season programme booklet for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) programme, sponsored by the Canadian Industries Limited corporation; producing all thirteen Savoy operas, each sponsored by a different division of the corporation ("Explosives Division" -- unfortunately not Utopia, "Ammonia Section", "Dyestuffs Division", etc.); with Savoyard soloist Sybil Gordon in the cast, together with performers from "the Benson Company in Shakespearean plays, and with the Carl Rosa Company ...". Illustrated with b/w photographs (G&S, the producer, and C.I.L President) and drawings (three per opera). 36 pp. buff paper stapled booklet printed in black and decorated and illustrated in reddish-purple, plus now-detached
decorated grey-tan wrappers; folded map of company locations tipped inside rear cover. Wrappers now much soiled, marked, edge-worn and mostly separated along spine; large red pencil marks on front; stain to upper right corner, ¾" rear corner lacking. Stain extends to title page and ⅛" along upper edge of other leaves; a couple neat pencilled dates; contents otherwise clean and tight.
[Auto-pen ?] signed typed cover
letter on company letterhead, from C.I.L President Arthur B. Purvis to G&S fan, enclosing the booklet; dusty and spotted; horizontal fold. Both pieces very good. Together ...
"... it is in accordance with the practice at the Court of St. James's Hall."
[Programme]. Moore & Burgess [Minstrels]. St. James's Hall, Piccadilly [London] Programme for show by the Hall's resident minstrel group (one of the troupes known as the Christy Minstrels), dated October 29th 1886. 4 pp. large format
plain-paper folder with wonderful - and VERY un-PC - pictorial (stock minstrel figures) wrappers; lightly foxed; remnant of glue line along fold on rear panel; very minor edge chips and tears. Near fine.
NB: The Moore and Burgess Minstrels are the "St. James's Hall" troupe deliberately parodied by Gilbert in Utopia ("... in which the celebrated English tenor, Mr. Wilkinson, burlesques your personal appearance ...")
[Programme]. Sullivan & Gilbert. St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto. From 23 June 1988. Starring Fritz Weaver and Noel Harrison; written by Ken Ludwig, directed by Leon Major. 20 pp. stapled booklet, plus b/w pictorial (Sullivan and Gilbert postering the title) wrappers; a touch rumpled and lightly toned; overall, near fine.
[Programme - commemorative]. Gilbert & Sullivan Centenary Service. St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Monday 24th March 1975. Programme includes several Sullivan Hymns, "Hail Poetry" from Pirates, an address by Bishop Robert Stopford (Chairman of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust) and reading by Frederic Lloyd; soloist Meston Reid, with D'Oyly Carte choir.
Light card folder, simply printed in black; a touch age-toned, especially at edges; small rust stain at bottom front near fold; stains to rear (2.5" x 0.5"), over scuffed area, affecting chorus of "Onward Christian Soldiers". Very good.
Note: "W.S. Gilbert was baptised in this church on 11 January 1837."
[Stamps]. Royal Mail Gilbert & Sullivan
Mint Stamps. Five stamps in protective cover, with attractive
pictorial folder, in clear plastic sleeve. Fine. Issued to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur
" ... In Parliamentary trains."
[Tickets - Parliamentary Train]. Single Journey Ticket. Counterfoil ... Third Class (Parliamentary). London & North Western Railway.
Four railway ticket counterfoils (the filled in stubs for the ticket retained by the station master), dated May 23d, 1894*, on a Parliamentary Train** (as mentioned in the Mikado's song). The four, numbered 479-482, are still connected along the spine, where once stapled, though staples lacking; tickets removed along fore-edge perforations, with small stub still present at top; a touch toned; completed, priced and initialed by the booking clerk. Near fine.
* For a voyage from Chapel-en-le-Frith to Royton (on the Lancashire & Yorkshire lines), via Oldham.
** The Railway Regulation Act of 1844 specified that each rail line had to ensure that every day there would be one train in each direction that stopped at each and every station on the line. These long, tedious, 12 mph runs were known as Parliamentary trains which, though inexpensive and therefore available to the masses, were to be avoided if at all possible in favour of faster trips.
The D'Oyly Carte Plate, by Spode "... to celebrate the centenary of W.S.
Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan and Richard D'Oyly Carte." (cf. flyer).
White bone china plate,
decorated with blue, green and beige figures from each G&S opera (except
Thespis), each accompanied by its year of production; also with the Savoy
arms and G&S monogram, and gold rim; 11" diameter. In original paded Spode
(Royal warrant as "Manufacturers of China") red and gilt box; together with the
original advertising flyer. Plate and flyer fine; near fine box with unglued hinge
ribbons and top a touch concave.
Wedgewood's Gilbert and Sullivan Operas mug, "Design sponsored by the D'Oyly
Carte Opera Company, Savoy Theatre, London, England".
Large white china mug,
decorated with 16 b/w vignettes (one from each opera with characters in their
original costumes - Ida, and first night list, on the bottom - plus reproductions of
Gilbert, Sullivan and D'Oyly Carte's Vanity Fair caricatures); bordered in pink and
blue on top and bottom, with beige banners around Gilbert and Sullivan. Fine,
with no chips, marks or defects.
Gilbert and Sullivan playing cards, two decks (blue/lilac and rose/beige).
Standard decks, but with three jokers (the spare joker is an explanation of the
deck); face cards are "seventeen characters from the much loved operas ..."*
As new and still shrink wrapped,
* "Artist Don Jack has faithfully recreated these familiar-looking figures from
several sources. Programme covers, posters and cigarette cards by the illustrator
H.M. Brock (1875-1960) were his main inspiration."
$25 the pair
Letters, Autographs, etc.
Some signed or inscribed items may be included in
other parts of this list.
Check through the following sections:
[Autograph letter signed]. Rutland Barrington. [London], "Tuesday" [n.d.], to "My dear Herbert" [William Herbert ?]. Possibly a letter asking Herbert to take a reduced fee for a role*. 1 p.
on "Rutland House" stationery; horizontal fold; crease and short closed tear at top edge. Very good.
"I am bearing the expenses of this show myself and find them mounting up somewhat alarmingly!
Cant [sic] you make it a little less? — entirely between ourselves."
* In 1888 Barrington became actor-manager at the St. James's Theatre, but lost his backer almost immediately and, therefore, had to take on all financial risks himself. After the failure of the first production, The Dean's Daughter, he turned to Gilbert's Brantinghame Hall which stared Gilbert's protegée Julia Nielsen and, among others, William Herbert. He had to cover all costs of the production from his own resources. The spectacular failure of this second piece - it ran for only five weeks - sent Barrington into bankruptcy.
[Typed letter signed]. Bridget D'Oyly Carte. London, 11th December, 1957, to Miss Barbara Booker.
On D'Oyly Carte Opera Company letterhead. In response to a fan letter, signed in characteristic aqua-blue ink.
Envelope with Christmas postmark and "Compliments and Thanks" printed slip.
"... It is always very nice to get such appreciative letters, especially from people who have known the Operas for a long while ..."
Letter with horizontal fold; slip with faint vertical fold; small pencilled not on verso of envelope. Envelope near fine, others fine.
[Autograph sentiments]. [Bridget D'Oyly Carte]. On "Miss Bridget
D'Oyly Carte" visiting cards.
Black engraved script on
white or cream cards, sentiment hand-written in coloured ink. Not
signed. Sold separately, as follows:
- a. "With my good wishes for Christmas & the New Year 1964-65" in light blue;
3.75" x 2.5". Minor age-toning; lightly dusty. Near fine. $5
- b. "With all my best wishes 1969-1970" in red; 2" x 3". Light age-toning.
- c. "With all my best wishes for Christmas & the New Year 1971-1972" in green;
3.75" x 2.5". Fine. $5
- d. "With all my good wishes for Christmas & the New Year. 1973-1974" in brown;
3.75" x 2.5". Fine. $5
- e. "With my best wishes We shall miss you - get well soon." in brown; 3.75" x 2.5".
Hint of smudging to "y" of "you". Fine. $5
[Autograph signatures]. Bridget D'Oyly Carte. Signatures, some dated,
some with sentiments,
on her private Christmas
cards. Sold separately, as follows:
- a. Postcard format abstract design; "With all my good wishes for Christmas and
New Year 1966-1967", written and signed in black. Light age-toning. Fine. $15
- b. "Angel trumpeters", signed in black, 1969-1970. Light age-toning. Fine. $15
- c. "British wild life" in snow, signed on verso in red, 1970-1971. Fine. SOLD
- d. "Himalayan Blue Primula" (greeting card), signed in purple, 1971-1972.
[Signature with sentiment]. Isidore Godfrey. 1 p.
Small slip, possibly
clipped from letter or album
leaf; horizontal crease through signature, otherwise nice and clean. Near fine.
[Autograph signatures]. Charles Goulding.
Six Christmas cards,
sent to Vera Mulholland (daughter of J.B. Mulholland, manager of King's Theatre,
Hammersmith, and Wimbledon Theatre); four simply signed "Charles",
two "With love from Charles". In unrelated envelope with ink notation
"Charles Goulding Xmas cds. to Vera". Cards all fine.
[Autograph letter signed]. Henry Lytton,
20 Feb 1913, to "I. Watson, Esq."; Sheffield, 1 p.
Originally used as stiffeners for
cigarette packs, these cards became collectibles once manufacturers
began printing images on them, and issuing subject groups. In the
1920s, John Player & Sons created these sets with illustrations
by H.M. Brock, who had earlier designed posters for the D'Oyly Carte.
Each card illustrates a prinpcipal character from a G& S
opera, with a role description on verso.
& Sons, December 1925. A Series of 50 small size [cards].
Illustrated by H.M. Brock. Green backs. Near fine; two cards creased,
& Sons, April 1926. A Series of 25 extra-large size
[cards]. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. Green backs. Fine.
& Sons, December 1927. A 2nd Series of 50 small size
[cards]. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. Green backs. Fine.
& Sons, January 1928. A 2nd Series of 25 large size
[cards]. "From originals by H.M. Brock". Green backs. Fine.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos are of members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Some are difficult to identify accurately, because they are quite long-range and faces are hard to see clearly; we've done our best to be accurate.
Most are near fine or better, may be curling (as usual), and are measured to the nearest half inch.
Images from The Theatre are disbound from issues of that magazine, and consequently have one rough edge.
In street clothes;
4.5" x 3.5" b/w head and shoulders. Signed, in white margin. "Oscar
Mellor ... Oxford" stamp on verso; light smudging of signature; lower corner a bit
Three PR photos, one from the D'oyly Carte years, two later including one used for Gilbert and Sullivan for All publicity;
Two 8" x 10", one 3.5" x 5" all b/w professional photos, laer ones marked "Denman Repros ..." in margin, smaller with "Yorkshire Post ..." copyright stamp on verso. All fine.
Canadian Tour, 1927, Shipboard Cast Photo. Modern 10" x 8" reproduction,
taken from an original 3" x 5" sepia image,
showing the D'Oyly Carte
Opera Company on board ship.
Included is a photocopied blow-up of the verso of the original photo,
identifying the individuals therein. A sharp eye for handwriting and faces,
and some familiarity with the nicknames used for various individuals will help.
We think we've identified (most of them positively) the following: David
Hutchinson, Herbert Aitken, Richard Eaton, Doris Hemmingway, Patrick Colbert,
Mollie Mennie, Henry Lytton, Martyn Green, Blossom Gelsthorpe, Darrell Fancourt,
Joseph Griffin, Leo Sheffield, Bertha Lewis, Winifred Lawson, and Aileen Davies.
21st birthday photo
in black dress trimmed with lace, taken full face; 8" x 6" b/w head and shoulders
studio pose; pencilled ID notation on verso. Minor edge silvering; some creasing
and surface scuffing. Very good.
In street clothes;
11" x 8" b/w studio shot, head-and shoulders, full-face looking left. On rough-eged cardboard mount, no markings; some irregular silvering; a couple small "dings" or scratches. Near fine, with a delightfully teasing gaze.
Canadian Tour shots, three photos.
Two snapshots on ship board, one with an unidentified colleague; both 5.5" x 3.5"
b/w, bundled for cold weather; a touch faded, a couple corners lightly bumped.
One larger snowscape shot, wearing pants, boots and a Hudson's Bay style coat;
7" x 5" b/w on larger two-toned grey card mount, now a bit dusty and with some
very faint sunning; archival tape repair to corner of mount.
Full face portrait;
4.5" x 3.5" sepia image from The Theatre. Mounted on decoratively bordered light card, with Pygmalion and Galatea quote "The individual who modelled you ..." printed on border; removed from magazine; with corner chips and usual light age-toning; image clean and sharp; small ink-stamped name and ms. number on verso. Near fine.
[----- Another copy]. This one
trimmed to decorative border and name;
corner bumped; faint spotting to image. As is, very good.
Gondoliers, Act I.
Don Alhambra, with the brothers and their brides Muriel Dickson, Marjorie Eyre, Sydney Granville, Leslie Rands, and Charles Goulding, [early 1930s]; on set, in Ricketts costumes.
12" x 9" b/w; badly damaged, torn and creased.
Myra Holme see Myra Holme Pinero
Henry Arthur Jones (Victorian playwright, Gilbert's
Profile, upper body
pose; 4.5" x 3.5" sepia photo by Barraud for The Theatre. Mounted on
light card, decoratively bordered, captioned and with facsimile signature in
reddish-brown. removed from magazine; a touch age-toned, with minor offsetting
from facing pages.
Last Night 1982.
Lorraine Daniels, in costume, on stage during the D'Oyly Carte's final performance, February 1982. 3.5 x 5.25 colour snapshot, 3/4 view.
Mikado, Act II, between 1926-34.
Two images, in Ricketts costumes: Henry Lytton and Bertha Lewis; and Nellie Briarcliffe, Sydney Granville, Henry Lytton, Darell Fancourt and Bertha Lewis*;
8" x 6" and 6" x 8" respectively, b/w full-figure on stage. Verso with "Picture Post" and photographer "Edward H. Gooch" labels, and ink stamps with ms. notation "Sin/Oper/Mikado"; the latter also with pencilled printing notations*. Some curling; each with one creased corner; very minor surface rubbing or silvering. Near fine.
* This image was published in Rollins and Witts.
Mikado Movie 1967. Three images, Act I and Act II:
Thomas Lawlor, Philip Potter and Kenneth Sandford, as Pish-tush, Nanki-Poo and Pooh-Bah; Kenneth Sandford, Peggy
Ann Jones, Pauline Wales and Christine Palmer, as Pooh-Bah, and the Three Little Maids; and Kenneth Sandford, Peggy
Ann Jones, John Reed and Christene Palmer, as Pooh-Bah, Pitti-Sing, Ko-Ko and Katisha.
10" x 7.5" b/w full figure images; all marked "KEN." on verso*. A touch faded and/or toned, with minor surface marks; one with creased corner. Very good to near fine.
* Because these are from Kenneth Sandford's collections, they presumably are so marked for him.
$25 the set
[North American Tour, 1965] - Gondoliers.
Jennifer Toye, John Reed, Gillian Knight and Philip Potter as the Plaza Toro family and "private drum";
6.5" x 5" b/w full-figure on stage. Slight creasing; with "... The Telegram/Toronto ..." ink stamps on rear. Fine
[North American Tour, 1965] - Mikado.
Philip Potter as Nanki-Poo;
6.5" x 5" b/w half-figure on stage. Slight creasing and minor surface scores; with "... The Telegram/Toronto ..." ink stamps on rear. Near fine.
Myra Holme Pinero (actress and wife of Gilbert's contemporary
and fellow playwright, Arthur Wing Pinero).
As Pygmalion in
Pygmalion and Galatea; 4.5" x 3.5" sepia upper body photo by Charles
A. Long for The Theatre. Mounted on light card, decoratively bordered and
captioned ("While I'm away from thee, / There stands my only representative ..."),
with facsimile signature, in black.
Pirates, Act I, chorister.
Unidentified chorister in Pirates Act I costume;
3" x 3" b/w full-figure snapshot, taken backstage; flash "halo" effect around her; crease along centre, very good.
Because this came with a selection of images of Muriel Harding, we had previously assumed it was of her in an unknown costume. A recent discovery of an Omnibus film from 1955 shows this costume being worn by one of General Stanley's daughters (though not this performer). So, presumably this chorister was not with the company in 1955, but did overlap with Muriel Harding. Any idea who she is?
Pirates, Act I.
General Stanley's Daughters, on set, dancing, [post 1972]; stamped ("Bob Johnson Fashion and Theatrical Photographer ... Northumberland"), with ms. notations and address label on verso. 10" x 8" b/w; minor edge creasing, with mounting pinholes to corners.
Pirates, Act I.
General Stanley's Daughters and Pirates, on set, [post 1972]; stamped ("Bob Johnson ... Northumberland" and "... Bridget D'Oyly Carte ..."), with ms. notation and address label on verso. 10" x 8" b/w; tiny surface scuff at lower right; corners shallowly creased.
Pirates, Act II.
General Stanley's Daughters and Police, on set; twice stamped (faint "Donald Southern ..." and "... Bridget D'Oyly Carte ...:), the second covered with Sandford's address label. 9.75" x 7.5", b/w; severely creased, a few faint surface smudges, and with several pin-holes at upper left; very good.
In street clothes; 5" x 3.5" colour half length snapshot; signed by Reed on front, though signature best seen at an angle. Surface marred by squiggle (as though someone tried to get a pen to write). Because of the mark, very good.
in street clothes;
6.5" x 4.5" colour half-length, side pose. A touch faded; with 'Kodachrome Enlargement" ink stamp on rear. Near fine.
See the D'Oyly Carte photo section in the Kenneth Sandford Archives, includes images of Sandford in some of his most memorable roles, as well as candid shots of him and other Savoyards.
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[Three reproduction photos from the 1924 London Season Souvenir]. Images of Sheffield, Goulding and Granville.
Production photos, Early 1960s
These are a collection of photographs taken in the early 1960s by photographer John Blomfield of Cheam in Surrey. All have the photographer's ink stamp and pencilled file number on verso and, though a bit curled, are in fine condition.
This seems to be the 1961-62 or 1962-63 season, so identifications have been made accordingly. Look carefully, because some photos are quite long-range and faces are difficult to ascertain; we've done our best to be accurate. Larger scans can be provided on request.
Gondoliers, set #1.
Four images: includes Thomas Round, Alan Styler, Jean Hindmarsh and Joyce Wright;
6.5" x 2.5" b/w full-figure (one head and shoulders), on stage (one full-stage). Fine.
This section lists photographic postcards of D'Oyly
Carte performers. All cards in near fine or better condition, except
where indicated; signed cards noted.
as Pooh-Bah in Mikado.
Postally used ("He reminds me of someone, doesn't he you?"). Light offsetting at centre right; minor corner bumping. Tuck "Celebrities of the Stage, #1044.
clothes (portrait taken on her 21st birthday); with crease across image.
as Melissa in Ida;
Signed, blue ballpoint across image (best visible when held at angle). G&S Photos.
Clara Dow and Henry Lytton.
As Phyllis and
Strephon in Iolanthe. Tuck #T 1166.
As Earl of Mountararat
in Iolanthe. Parkslee #80.
As Sir Roderick
Murgatroyd in Ruddigore (head and shoulders). Upper corner faintly
creased. Parkslee #34.
In street clothes.
Upper corner creased. Parkslee #89.
As Iolanthe in Iolanthe;
Signed, with sentiment. Corners lightly creased; a couple of short surface scores; twice blind-stamped "Paterson, Glasgow" at lower right; light silvering. Very good.
As Iolanthe in
Iolanthe. Light border scratches; crease above image. Parkslee #82.
As Melissa in
Ida; Percy Anderson costume. Faint margin crease. Parkslee #88.
[----- Another copy].
This one not
signed. Parkslee #55.
In street clothes.
Hint of surface rubbing. Parkslee #100.
in Mikado. Faint scoring on image. Parkslee #61.
As Bill Bobstay in
Pinafore. Corners slightly creased; small nick. Parkslee #71.
As Cox in Cox and
Box. Parkslee #78.
As Florian in
Ida (simpler costume, no hat). Surface lightly rubbed; faint "ding".
As Florian in
Ida (elaborate costume, hat and sash). Parkslee #110.
in Iolanthe. With ink note on verso. Parkslee #84.
In street clothes.
Ink stamp advertising first edition of Lytton's Secrets of a Savoyard on
verso. Parkslee #58.
As Gianetta in
Gondoliers (head and shoulders). Parkslee #19.
As Gianetta in
Gondoliers (head and shoulders, wide-brimmed hat). Minor corner
crease. Parkslee #99.
As Josephine in
Pinafore. Parkslee #98.
As Yum-Yum in
Mikado. Parkslee #95.
In street clothes.
As Princess Ida in Ida;
signed, with sentiment, in ballpoint across skirt (best visible when held at angle). One corner slightly bumped G&S Photos.
Iolanthe, Act II.
The Lord Chancellor
separates the Lovers in Iolanthe, with Henry Lytton (Strephon),
C.H. Workman (Lord Chancellor) and Clara Dow (Phyllis). Horizontal image;
lower margin a bit dusty. Tuck #T 1170.
As Elsie Maynard
in Yeomen. Lower corner lightly creased. Parkslee #107.
in Patience. Tiny background "ding"; one corner creased. Parkslee #103.
[----- Another copy]. This one with ink date ("April 4,
1924") at bottom. Parkslee #103.
As Fairy Queen
in Iolanthe. Parkslee #12.
As Duchess of Plaza
Toro in Gondoliers. Signed, with sentiment and note
("With pleasure") on verso. Top and left edges trimmed slightly (2mm); purple
stamped ad for Secrets of a Savoyard in note area. Parkslee #13.
[----- Another copy].
This one not
signed. Parkslee #13.
As Dame Carruthers in
Yeomen. Faint surface scratch. Parkslee #81.
As Lady Blanche in
Ida. Parkslee #91.
As Lady Sangazure
in Sorcerer. A few faint background marks. Parkslee #53.
In street clothes.
[----- Another copy].
This one with a hint of rubbing; ink note "You will be so pleased to
receive this" (in another hand) on verso. Parkslee #104.
Bertha Lewis and Henry Lytton.
As Lady Jane and Bunthorne in Patience. Parkslee #28.
Henry A. Lytton.
As Sir Joseph Porter in
Pinafore. Corner faintly creased. Parkslee #3.
Henry A. Lytton.
As Duke of Plaza-Toro in
Gondoliers. Parkslee #4.
Henry A. Lytton.
As Jack Point in
Yeomen. Parkslee #5.
[-----Another copy]. This one with corner faintly creased. Ink
stamp advertising Lytton's Secrets of a Savoyard on verso.
Henry A. Lytton.
As Lord Chancellor in
Iolanthe. Minor corner creasing. Parkslee #6.
Henry A. Lytton.
As Bunthorne in Patience. Parkslee #7.
As Sir Ruthven
Murgatroyd in Ruddigore. Parkslee #59.
In military style
overcoat and cap. Light silvering at edges. Beagles #107.C.
clothes. Parkslee #48.
[----- Another copy]. This one postally used; two creased
corners; small ink notation in lower margin. Parkslee #48.
As Col. Fairfax in
Yeomen (wedding clothes). Parkslee #74.
in Mikado . "Secrets of a Savoyard" purple stamp on verso; very
faint corner marks. Parkslee #70.
As Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore. Minor surface rubbing. Parkslee #51.
As Ralph Rackstraw (sailor)
in Pinafore. Parkslee #72.
In street clothes
(dark suit). Signed, with sentiment, and initialed note ("...thanks for
kind letter.") on verso. Some creasing, especially at corners.
Photographer's name in image: "Estelle".
In street clothes
(tweed suit). Light creasing. Parkslee #21.
poker by fire. Signed with sentiment on front. Ink name ("Ruth") on
verso. Hartmann #1212.
Seated in armchair
Photogravure printed on heavy paper; large semi-circuar scratch at upper left;
badly trimmed at right edge; very good. "Smart Novels" Series.
As Don Alhambra in Gondoliers; Ricketts costume. Savoyard photos.
As Pooh-Bah in Mikado. Hint of rubbing. Savoyard Photos.
As Archibald Grosvenor in Patience. Corners a touch bumped. Savoyard photos.
[----- Another copy]. This one with pinhole and ink note, "my dad" at bottom. From the Sandford collection.
As Wilfred Shadbolt in Yeomen; ½-length, looking right. Light surface scoring. Savoyard Photos.
As Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore. With a couple tiny surface "dings". Parkslee #50.
As Capt. Corcoran in
Pinafore. Parkslee #77.
clothes. Parkslee #10.
As Pish-Tush in Mikado.
Signed in ballpoint across image (best visible when held at angle), impressing through to verso. G&S Photos.
As Giuseppe in Gondoliers.
Signed in ballpoint across image (visible only when held at angle). G&S Photos.
As the Lieutenant of the Tower in Yeomen.
Signed in ballpoint across image (visible only when held at angle). Minor edge rubbing; pencilled name ("Kathleen") on verso. G&S Photos.
As Iolanthe in Iolanthe.
Signed, with sentiment in ballpoint across image (best visible when held at angle). Left edge rubbed and faintly creased. Very good.. G&S Photos.
Gilbert and Sullivan in America: A Series of Twelve Post Cards from 19th Century Cabinet Photographs; from the David Stone Collection. Reproductions of charming photographs
featuring 19th century American performers in principal roles, including Lillian Russell, F. Frederici, and Cara Tanner. All are b/w and come in a wrap-around title band. As new.
D'Oyly Carte Opera
D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust. Associate Membership Cards,
run of fourteen cards for 1967-68 to 1980-81. Small
light card folders with
Savoy crest on front panel; one with the name of the Vice-Chairman crossed
out in ink, all with the member's name and number entered. Fine.
[Notice]. [Announcement of 1971 Sorcerer
production]. White card folder, designed by Peter Goffin, with
early b/w Sorcerer
engraving, within colour Goffin proscenium borders. A touch dusty; near fine.
"... The D'Oyly Carte Company are pleased to announce that the first performance
of a new production will take place on Monday, 29th March 1971 at the OPERA HOUSE,
[Notice]. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust, "When the Copyright
in the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas Ends ..."; Cover title "Gilbert Sullivan
and D'Oyly Carte"; announcing the formation of the trust and outlining Bridget
D'Oyly Carte's endowment; with list of shows on verso (those produced by the
company in red, four others in black). Vertical light card folder,
printed in red and black,
with Savoy arms on front; a lightly creased along bottom
edge; near fine.
[----- Another copy]. This one with holes punched
in margin of rear panel.
Flyer on Trust letterhead, captioned "ASSOCIATE MEMBERS", outlining the
benefits and costs of membership. Originally 2 pp, but now with application form
at bottom of p.2 removed; matching holes in left margin; light age-toning.
Both items near fine.
[Season schedule - London]. Rupert D'Oyly Carte's Season of Gilbert & Sullivan Operas, Programme. Prince's Theatre, London, Feb. 4th to May 24th, 1924.
Colour pictorial (Brock character procession) oblong light card folder, bordered in "gold", with 10-show line-up (plus Trial and Cox and Box as supporting pieces), printed in grey-brown, in boxes on rear; ticket and other contact or season information printed in red and black inside. Evenly soiled externally; lower corners creased and a bit rumpled overall; names of several leads and staff (17 in all - curiously, a few not with the company that season) in ink at top of right inside panel. Very good.
[Season schedules - London]. Programme, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, London seasons performance schedules. Small 4 pp.
folders, with red, or wine covers, printed also in black; centre spread with season performance schedule, dates and times. Sold separately, as follows:
- a) December 19th, 1960 - February 18th, 1961. Princes Theatre, wine cover. Dusty on rear, near fine. $4
- b) December 11th, 1961- March 24th, 1962. Savoy Theatre, wine cover. Corner crease, small marks, near fine. $4
- c) December 20th, 1971- February 12th, 1972. Sadler's Wells, red cover. Fine. $2
[Season schedule - Provinces]. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ... in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. Provincial performance schedules, each outlining the nightly productions for a stay in a single theatre. Formats vary, either small leaf or folder,
most on light card, all printed in red and black. Sold separately.
- a) June 29th - July 4th, 1959. Kings Theatre. Swansea. Leaf; corner creased, otherwise fine. $2
- b) November 23rd-December 19th, 1959. Streatham Hill Theatre. London. Folder, schedule on inner spread; pencilled notations overall; worn; very good. $2
- c) July 11th - July 30, 1960. Royal Court Theatre. Liverpool. Leaf; corner creased, otherwise fine. $2
- d) September 26th - Oct. 8, 1960. Moss' Hippodrome. Brighton. Leaf; fine. $2
- e) November 21st - Dec. 3, 1960. Theatre Royal. Newcastle. Leaf; fine. $2
- f) February 20th - Mar. 4, 1960. Opera House. Blackpool. Leaf; fine. $2
- g) June 19th - July 1, 1961. Golders Green Hippodrome. [London]. Leaf; soiled and much worn; ink notations; good. $1
- h) March 26th - April 21, 1962. Opera House. Manchester. Leaf; fine. $2
- i) April 23rd - May 12, 1962. King's Theatre. Edinburgh. Leaf; fine. $2
- j) March 15th - April 24th, 1971. Opera House. Manchester. Oblong folder; fine. $2
[Season schedules - Tours]. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company [Tour date cards]. Town by town touring schedules, each covering several months and advertising "Cards giving the programme to be performed at any of the dates ... sent on application" on verso.
Light card, printed in black and red, most approx 3½ x 5½. Sold separately; perfect for completing a run ...
- a) February-May, 1961. Scuff at top edge touching header (tape removal), therefore very good. $1
- b) May-July, 1961. Small tape remains at top edge. Near fine. $1
- c) February-May, 1968. Fine. $1
- d) March-August, 1971. Fine. $1
- e) Feb.-July, 1972. Fine. $1
- f) Sept.-Dec., 1972. Fine. $1
- g) Sept.-Dec., 1975. Curled at left margin, otherwise fine. $1
- h) Aug.-Dec., 1977. Fine. $1
- i) Feb.-Apr., 1979. Fine. $1
- j) Oct.-Dec., 1979. Fine. $1
- k) Sept.-Dec., 1980. 8¼ x 3½. Fine. $1
[Tickets]. Princes [Theatre] January 27 ; pair of stubs,
for performance of Gondoliers.
Pink paper printed in
black. 1958-59 London season. Fine.
[Tickets]. Savoy Theatre, Saturday March 7 [and] Saturday
two pairs of stubs, both
1964, in Savoy Theatre ticket envelope ("The Savoy Restaurant for Supper,
Dancing and Cabaret"). Includes the Last Night of the London Season.
Envelope creased; tickets fine.
These men's chorus costumes were designed
by Lucianna Arrighi for the 1968 production of The Gondoliers
. Presumably for Act II, they are all in excellent condition.
Select the picture to see a larger view of the image.
suit; short fronted jacket with split tails in
purple-grey, trimmed with royal blue velvet, silver buttons
and gold braid; white breeches with matching buttons and
style suit; tunic jacket and matching breeches
trimmed with purple velvet at collar and cuff, and silver
Edwardian style suit;
long brown jacket rounded to the rear, trimmed with brown
satin edging; yellow-brown full length trousers; white
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