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Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January (engraving)

Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January (engraving)


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Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January (engraving)

1623790 Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January (engraving) by Barnard, Frederick (1846-1896) (attr. to); Private Collection; (add.info.: Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 21 January 1882.
F Bernard); Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection

Media ID 22530922

© Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

Amazement Berth Buns Corner Covent Garden Theatre Deaf Dress Circle Dumb Foundling Lost Oranges Pantomime Poor Children Stall Surprise Surprised Warm Exalted


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This engraving, titled "Poor Children at the Pantomime, Sketches at Covent-Garden Theatre on Thursday, 12 January" transports us to a bygone era of performing arts. Created by Frederick Barnard or attributed to him, this print captures a moment of exalted joy and wonderment in the lives of impoverished children. In the bustling atmosphere of Covent Garden Theatre on that fateful day in January 1882, these poor children find solace and warmth amidst their challenging circumstances. Clad in tattered clothing, they have found respite from their daily struggles as they witness the enchanting pantomime unfolding before them. The expressions on their faces speak volumes - amazement mixed with surprise and delight. The Marylebone contingent huddles together in awe while deaf and dumb children occupy a corner, absorbing every detail through sight alone. Lost in the grandeur of the dress circle and private boxes above them are those who hold positions far removed from their own humble existence. As oranges are passed around among them and buns become treasured treats for little hands accustomed to scarcity, these young souls experience an overwhelming sense of emotion. Their eyes sparkle with newfound hope as they soak up every magical moment onstage. This engraving serves as a poignant reminder that art has no boundaries; it transcends social class and offers solace even to those society has forgotten. It immortalizes a fleeting instant when these poor children were able to escape into a world where dreams come true – if

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