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Mary Postans. Miniature inscribed on the back to Alfred Shaw and dated Naples March 1834. The Fourth Yorkshire Grand Musical Festival. Ticket for the evening concert, 10 September 1835, the Festival Concert Room, York. The Fourth Yorkshire Grand Musical Festival. Ticket for the morning concert, 9 September 1835, York Minster. The Fourth Yorkshire Grand Musical Festival. Ticket for the morning concert, 11 September 1835, York Minster. The Musical World, 29 September 1842. Review of Mrs Alfred Shaw's debut in Semiramide.  The Musical World, 6 October 1842. The Musical World, 29 September 1842. Semiramide. Libretto translated by T. H. Reynoldson. London, [1842]. Sappho. Libretto. London, [1843]. Page from preceding libretto showing annotated pencilled note : "The applause for Mrs A. Shaw at opening was even more heartfelt and rapturous". Mrs Alfred Shaw's debut on the English stage (as Arsace) in Rossini's Semiramide with Miss Adelaide Kemble (left as Semiramide), Covent Garden, 1 October 1842.  (Plate No.8 from Royal Album, [c.1850].) Mrs Alfred Shaw (as Malcolm Graeme) in The Lady of the Lake, Covent Garden, 31 January 1843. ILN, 18 February 1843.  This was the first time the opera was sung in English. Programme of the Birmingham Musical Festival, 19 to 22 September, 1843. The interior of Birmingham Town Hall. ILN, 28 January 1843. M. W. Balfe : "They tell me thou'rt the Favour'd Guest", Ballad.  London, [c.1840]. Hanover Square Concert Rooms. ILN, 24 June 1843. Sir J.Benedict : "By the Sad Sea Waves", Ballad from The Brides of Venice. Late issue of the edition first published London, 1844. Mrs J. F. Robinson with her daughter (probably her youngest child Elizabeth). Ambrotype.  [c.1860].