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Title page of the vocal score of the first London production. London, [1824].  Artist of vignette unknown. Vocal score. Later edition.  Mainz, [1822?]. Scene of the Bridesmaids Chorus from unknown production.  In the forest, Kaspar and Max standing on the left, Max looking at Agathe who stands in the centre and looks towards her six bridemaids on the right. Drawn and etched by J. Gleadah. [c.1821]. © Trustees of the British Museum. Henry Phillips (1801-1876). Frontispiece to his Musical and Personal Recollections during Half a Century, (London, 1864). German manuscript full score by Hawes for the first English performances. Page showing the music for the Incantation Scene. [1822-23]. © The Royal College of Music, London. Cover, music of the Incantation Scene and the back of the vocal score of the first London production. London, [1824]. Libretto of the English Opera production for the 2nd Season.   London, 1825. With vignette 'Engraved by T. Hunter ... from a Sketch taken at the Berlin Theatre by H. Ramberg'. [c.1824]. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Rondo based on the Huntsmen's Chorus. Artist of scene unknown. With vignette of the Incantation Scene 'Etched by John Bull after a Picture by Cawse'. The artist John Cawse (1778-1862), also a player of the bass viol and cello and father of Harriet who sang Puck en travesti at the premiere of Oberon (see below), painted both Weber and Sir George Smart. The former painting hangs in the Royal College of Music. These duets, published in six books, were advertised by Thomas Lindsay with the note 'This highly interesting and popular Publication the Editor has been anxious should appear in a style worthy the celebrity of the Opera, and he has therefore given with the 1st and 4th Numbers an illustrative Vignette of the famous Incantation Scene, etched in the first style of art, after a spirited design from the felicitous pencil of Mr. G. Cruikshank.' © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From The Literary Magnet , 1825 referring to the plate of the Incantation Scene. Advertised in 1853. © Trustees of the British Museum. Libretto. Crystal Palace Press, 1873.