Home Page

Preserving and Exploring our Musical Heritage

Past Exhibition of the Month - May 2011

< Return to previous page

Photograph by Bassano, London, c.1885. Robert the Devil; or, the Nun, the Dun, and the Son of a Gun. Gaiety Theatre, 21 December 1868. Programme for the first performance of Ages Ago!!, Royal Gallery of Illustration, 22 November 1869. Wordbook for the first performance of Thespis, Gaiety Theatre, 23 December 1871. Ages Ago!!. Engraving from the Illustrated London News,  15 January 1870. The Princess (Olympic Theatre, 1870) was Gilbert’s first parody of Tennyson’s narrative poem of 1847.  He returned to the subject in the Savoy opera Princess Ida in 1884. Engraving from the Illustrated London News, 29 January 1870. One of the most successful of Gilbert’s straight plays, the comic drama Sweethearts ran for 132 performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre from November 1874 and enjoyed many revivals up to the 1920s.  Engraving from the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 24 November 1874. First edition vocal score of Trial by Jury, ‘a novel and original dramatic cantata by Arthur Sullivan and W.S.Gilbert’, [1875]. Songs of a Savoyard. A selection of lyrics from the Savoy Operas with Gilbert's own illustrations and a dedication to Sullivan. London, [1890]. Cartoon by Linley Sambourne, Punch, 6 August 1881. The Ironmaster at the Savoy.  Caricature by Alfred Bryan from The Entr’acte Annual, 1885.  Gilbert controlled all aspects of his productions with rigorous discipline; the submissive figure on the left is Richard D’Oyly Carte. The 'Carpet Quarrel' settled: cartoon by Alfred Bryan from Judy, 4 June 1890. Photograph by Elliott and Fry, London, c.1883. Photograph by Elliott and Fry, London, c.1886-7. Photographer unknown, c.1905-7.