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Step into the enchanting world of 'carte' and immerse yourself in the timeless melodies of Gilbert & Sullivan Operas

Background imageCarte Collection: Gilbert & Sullivan Operas, D Oyly Carte Souvenir

Gilbert & Sullivan Operas, D Oyly Carte Souvenir
D Oyly Cartes Season of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, Souvenir Programme, Princes Theatre, London, 29 September 1919 - 31 January 1920, showing a large cast of characters from the operettas. 1919-1920

Background imageCarte Collection: Michelin man. (illustration, circa 1930)

Michelin man. (illustration, circa 1930)
5975666 Michelin man. (illustration, circa 1930) by Rossillon, Marius (O'Galop) (1867-1946); Private Collection; (add.info.: Geography. France)

Background imageCarte Collection: Poster advertising the D Oyly Carte Opera Company

Poster advertising the D Oyly Carte Opera Company, famous for its Gilbert and Sullivan operetta productions. Pictured are scenes from The Gondoliers, The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard

Background imageCarte Collection: Pinafore / Programme 1

Pinafore / Programme 1
Cover of the programme for the original production, incorporating portraits of Mr Gilbert and Mr Sullivan, also Mr D Oyly Carte

Background imageCarte Collection: Mrs (later Lady) Dorothy D Oyly Carte, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cranbrook

Mrs (later Lady) Dorothy D Oyly Carte, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cranbrook and wife of Rupert D Oyly Carte, the impresario behind Gilbert and Sullivan and the Savoy Hotel

Background imageCarte Collection: Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford

Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford
Studio portrait of a Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford. circa 1860s

Background imageCarte Collection: Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte

Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte
Retro poster for Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte, character from HMS Pinafore. 1960s

Background imageCarte Collection: Princess Alice of Great Britain & Grand Duke Louis of Hesse

Princess Alice of Great Britain & Grand Duke Louis of Hesse
Princess Alice (1843-1878), third child and second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert pictured here around the time of her marriage with her husband Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse-Darmstadt

Background imageCarte Collection: Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida

Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida, Savoy Theatre, London. A respectful operatic perversion of Tennysons " Princess" in Three Acts. circa 1880s

Background imageCarte Collection: D Oyly Cartes Opera Co. in Utopia, limited Gilbert & Sulliv

D Oyly Cartes Opera Co. in Utopia, limited Gilbert & Sullivans new opera. Date c1894

Background imageCarte Collection: R D oyly Carte / Van Fair

R D oyly Carte / Van Fair
RICHARD D OYLY CARTE English impresario, producer of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas

Background imageCarte Collection: Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte

Retro poster, Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte
Retro poster for Gilbert & Sullivan, D Oyly Carte, character from HMS Pinafore. 1960s

Background imageCarte Collection: Going with a Swing

Going with a Swing
Humorous illustration by Lawson Wood (1878-1957) showing Gran pop the orang utan swinging on vines. Entitled Gran pop travels a la Carte

Background imageCarte Collection: Map / China / Tibet 1749

Map / China / Tibet 1749
CARTE DU GRAND THIBET scale in French leagues

Background imageCarte Collection: Boys Brigade Member posing with rifle

Boys Brigade Member posing with rifle
Boys Brigade Member in distinctive uniform and cap - posing with rifle and wearing a silver cross medal. Robert Hellis (1835-1895)

Background imageCarte Collection: Studio portrait, Captain & Mrs Crabtree

Studio portrait, Captain & Mrs Crabtree, at the time of the American Civil War. 1864

Background imageCarte Collection: D OYLY CARTE POSTER, c1894. Poster for Gilbert & Sullivans Utopia, Limited

D OYLY CARTE POSTER, c1894. Poster for Gilbert & Sullivans Utopia, Limited, as performed by D Oyly Cartes Opera Company. Lithograph poster, c1894

Background imageCarte Collection: Moody & Sankey (photo)

Moody & Sankey (photo)
611555 Moody & Sankey (photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moody & Sankey); Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of countries first discovered by Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) 1500 (gouache

Map of countries first discovered by Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) 1500 (gouache
XIR226789 Map of countries first discovered by Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) 1500 (gouache and pen and ink on paper) (b/w photo) by Cosa, Juan de la (1460-1510); Museo Naval, Madrid

Background imageCarte Collection: Avec la carte, nous en aurons peu, mais nous en aurons tous

Avec la carte, nous en aurons peu, mais nous en aurons tous. Casse aujourd hui ton sucre en deux pour en avoir demain?. Large sword cutting sugar cone in two. Date 1916

Background imageCarte Collection: Jean Ingelow / Carte Visit

Jean Ingelow / Carte Visit
JEAN INGELOW English writer

Background imageCarte Collection: Middle course: map of the Rhone basin to be reproduced, c.1880-90 (print)

Middle course: map of the Rhone basin to be reproduced, c.1880-90 (print)
8713431 Middle course: map of the Rhone basin to be reproduced, c.1880-90 (print); 22 x 17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Practical method of writing-reading by A)

Background imageCarte Collection: The capture of Raab by Adolf Schwarzenberg on 28/03/1598. 1653 Print by Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590)

The capture of Raab by Adolf Schwarzenberg on 28/03/1598. 1653 Print by Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590)
BEN5464282 The capture of Raab by Adolf Schwarzenberg on 28/03/1598. 1653 Print by Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590) Cabinet des Estampes, B.N, Paris

Background imageCarte Collection: View of the city of Innsbruck, Austria. View of the cities of the Habsburg Empire

View of the city of Innsbruck, Austria. View of the cities of the Habsburg Empire
BEN5473954 View of the city of Innsbruck, Austria. View of the cities of the Habsburg Empire. Fresco of the Michelozzo Court at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of Palestine at the time of Jesus Christ, 1908 (printing)

Map of Palestine at the time of Jesus Christ, 1908 (printing)
8672362 Map of Palestine at the time of Jesus Christ, 1908 (printing); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of Palestine in the time of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

Background imageCarte Collection: Relief plan of the city of Strabourg in 1727. Work by Francois de la Deveze died in 1729

Relief plan of the city of Strabourg in 1727. Work by Francois de la Deveze died in 1729. Historical Museum, Strasbourg
JEB4749218 Relief plan of the city of Strabourg in 1727. Work by Francois de la Deveze died in 1729. Historical Museum, Strasbourg; Musee Historique de Strasbourg

Background imageCarte Collection: Cartography: map of Florence between 1780 and 1845. Firenze Com'era Museum, Florence

Cartography: map of Florence between 1780 and 1845. Firenze Com'era Museum, Florence
BEN5464549 Cartography: map of Florence between 1780 and 1845. Firenze Com'era Museum, Florence; Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) seen from the west. Gaignieres collection, 1700

Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) seen from the west. Gaignieres collection, 1700. Prints studio, B.N. Paris
BEN5464139 Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) seen from the west. Gaignieres collection, 1700. Prints studio, B.N. Paris.; Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) and its fortifications. Gaignieres collection, 1700

Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) and its fortifications. Gaignieres collection, 1700. Prints studio, B.N. Paris
BEN5464127 Map of the town of Langres (Haute Marne) and its fortifications. Gaignieres collection, 1700. Prints studio, B.N. Paris.; Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageCarte Collection: The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving)

The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving)
2435392 The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving) by Bry, Theodor de (1528-98); (add.info.: History. USA. The french leaves River May (today Saint Johns River) and inspect two rivers (Axona)

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of the canton of Valais

Map of the canton of Valais
2531460 Map of the canton of Valais; (add.info.: Geography. Switzerland. Map of the Valais (Wallis). Woodcut in: Cosmographia, by Sebastian Munster, Switzerland, ca 1550.); Photo © CCI

Background imageCarte Collection: Moon Mount

Moon Mount
2531459 Moon Mount; (add.info.: Geography. Uganda. Mountains of the Moon (montes lunae), source of the White Nile. Map, Germany, XVth cent

Background imageCarte Collection: Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, 19th century (engraving)

Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, 19th century (engraving)
2450184 Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Science. Geography. Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli's map, Italy, XVth cent. Facsimile, Germany, XIXth cent.); Photo © CCI

Background imageCarte Collection: Treasure Island, with the map of the island on the frontispiece, 1900-1920 (print)

Treasure Island, with the map of the island on the frontispiece, 1900-1920 (print)
8615298 Treasure Island, with the map of the island on the frontispiece, 1900-1920 (print); (add.info.: Title page of an old Cassell and Company edition (early 20th century)

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of French colonial Africa, 1930 (print)

Map of French colonial Africa, 1930 (print)
8672352 Map of French colonial Africa, 1930 (print); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of French colonial Africa (French colonial empire) in 1930

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of the journey of the Israelites, since their exit from Egypt, 1739 (engraving)

Map of the journey of the Israelites, since their exit from Egypt, 1739 (engraving)
8822197 Map of the journey of the Israelites, since their exit from Egypt, 1739 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCarte Collection: Middle course: map of the rail networks of Orleans and the State, c.1880-90 (print)

Middle course: map of the rail networks of Orleans and the State, c.1880-90 (print)
8713434 Middle course: map of the rail networks of Orleans and the State, c.1880-90 (print); 22 x 17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Practical method of writing-reading by A)

Background imageCarte Collection: gut9896

gut9896
PCT5618415 gut9896; (add.info.: Crue de la Seine a Paris en janvier 1910 : plan de l'inondation en aglomeration dresse par M. Jules Petit, geometre en chef de la Ville de Paris)

Background imageCarte Collection: Cosmographia (Geography) by Ptolemy, 1477 (book)

Cosmographia (Geography) by Ptolemy, 1477 (book)
7415661 Cosmographia (Geography) by Ptolemy, 1477 (book); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Claude Ptolemy (c.90-168) Cosmographia (Geography) Printed by Dominicus de Lapis Bologna

Background imageCarte Collection: Map of the Archbishopric of Mexico, View of the Tenochtitlan Region, Chalco Lagoon

Map of the Archbishopric of Mexico, View of the Tenochtitlan Region, Chalco Lagoon, and Tesco (Manuscript)
AIS5391590 Map of the Archbishopric of Mexico, View of the Tenochtitlan Region, Chalco Lagoon, and Tesco (Manuscript); Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain; (add.info.: Colour manuscript from 1767)

Background imageCarte Collection: The french sails on River May, 1591 (engraving)

The french sails on River May, 1591 (engraving)
2435393 The french sails on River May, 1591 (engraving) by Bry, Theodor de (1528-98); (add.info.: History. USA. The french sails on River May (today Saint Johns River)

Background imageCarte Collection: Odette de Champdivers called the little queen playing cards with King Charles VI (engraving)

Odette de Champdivers called the little queen playing cards with King Charles VI (engraving)
5942944 Odette de Champdivers called the little queen playing cards with King Charles VI (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCarte Collection: Lake Balaton, c.1930 (illustration)

Lake Balaton, c.1930 (illustration)
1972252 Lake Balaton, c.1930 (illustration); (add.info.: Lake Balaton. Map drawn by Pal Szucs, Hungary, circa 1930. Private collection); Photo © CCI

Background imageCarte Collection: Savoy Theatre, London. House, not stage, lit by Swan incandescent electric lamps

Savoy Theatre, London. House, not stage, lit by Swan incandescent electric lamps
530635 Savoy Theatre, London. House, not stage, lit by Swan incandescent electric lamps. Built by Richard D'Oyly Carte in 1881, it was the home of the Gilbert and Sullivan operattas

Background imageCarte Collection: World Map and Wind Map

World Map and Wind Map
2531457 World Map and Wind Map; (add.info.: Science. Geography. Mappemonde and wind map. Woodcut in: Geography, by Claudius Ptolemy, Basel (Switzerland), 1545

Background imageCarte Collection: Bessie Bellwood music hall singer 1856-1896

Bessie Bellwood music hall singer 1856-1896
Bessie Bellwood (Catherine Mahoney) music hall singer who engaged with her audience and had a reputation for putting down the toughest of hecklers. Carte de visite advertising Taunus table water

Background imageCarte Collection: Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, 1st Baronet, KCB, CMG

Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, 1st Baronet, KCB, CMG
Vintage 19th century photograph: captioned as Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, 1st Baronet, KCB, CMG (6 January 1802 - 12 February 1876) was Surveyor of the Navy from 1848 to 1861

Background imageCarte Collection: Heinrich Hermann Josef Freiherr von Heß

Heinrich Hermann Josef Freiherr von Heß
Vintage 19th century photograph: Heinrich Hermann Josef Freiherr von Hesz (alternatively: von Hess) (17 March 1788, Vienna - 13 April 1870, Vienna), was an Austrian soldier and field marshal



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Step into the enchanting world of 'carte' and immerse yourself in the timeless melodies of Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. From the captivating performances by the renowned D Oyly Carte Opera Company to cherished mementos like the D Oyly Carte Souvenir, every aspect of this musical journey is a testament to its enduring legacy. Transport yourself back in time with a vintage poster advertising the illustrious D Oyly Carte Opera Company, beckoning audiences to experience unforgettable productions such as Pinafore. The programme reveals a treasure trove of delightful stories waiting to be discovered. Meet Mrs (later Lady) Dorothy D Oyly Carte, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cranbrook, who played an instrumental role in preserving and promoting these beloved operas. Her dedication ensured that Victorian audiences could revel in their beauty for generations to come. Picture a Victorian gardener diligently tending to his plants with a watering can in hand, perhaps finding solace amidst nature's tranquility after witnessing mesmerizing performances at Chelmsford's opera house. Marvel at Princess Alice of Great Britain and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse gracing one another's company, captivated by the magic unfolding on stage. Their presence only adds further prestige and allure to these extraordinary productions. Utopia Limited brings forth yet another masterpiece from D Oyly Cartes Opera Co. , transporting spectators into an imaginary realm where dreams come true through Gilbert & Sullivan's whimsical storytelling. A retro poster serves as a window into this fantastical world that continues to captivate hearts today. Retro posters abound, each capturing moments frozen in time when Gilbert & Sullivan's genius merged seamlessly with D Oyly Carte's vision. These vibrant designs evoke nostalgia while reminding us why these operas remain eternally cherished.