Juvenile Drama
Penny Plain / Twopence Coloured
Tinsel Pictures

in the Victorian style

Joseph Williams

(also known as Joseph Hope-Williams)

Artist and Stage Designer

18 Lower Luton Rd, Wheathampstead, Herts,
AL4 8QZ, England
Tel: (+44) 01582 833992

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Hand-coloured copies of early 'juvenile theatre' prints.  Colouring by Joe Williams

One of the early Redingtons Favorite Fours (No 73) is shown on the right and a detail is shown below.  These may be ordered using our order form.  If you are interested in this type of product please contact us for further details.  email - (please make a note and type this address into your email - this procedure is to reduce spam problems)

 

 

'Twopence Coloured' Plays

Snow White

swch1.jpg (44303 bytes) Complete Set in 9 sheets - 4 character sheets, 4 scene sheets and 1 sheet wings.  All prints approx. 9"x7" to plate marks. As detailed below.

"Hope's Characters in Snow White. Plate I." Characters: "Jerry the Jester" "King Dodon" "Fairy" "Snow White" [fig 1] "Huntsman" "Snow White Fig 2" "Queen Fig 3" "Huntsmen". (see picture on left)
"Hope's Characters in Snow White. Plate 2." Characters: "Prince Florizel" "Snow White" "Queen Matilda" "Demon" "Queen Fig 2" swsc3.jpg (37007 bytes) "Snow White" "Prince. 2nd Dress", Also "Row from the Ballet" side scene. 
"Hope's Characters in Snow White. No. 3." Characters: "Humpo" "Bando" "Biffo" "Sniffo" "Quakeo" "Snow White Fig 3" "Courtiers" "Spindle" "Funko".
"Hope's Characters in Snow White. No. 4." Characters: "Butterfly Ballet" "Moth Queen" "Butterfly" "Moth" "Queen Dying" "Prince Florizel" "Moth".
"Hope's Scenes in Snow White. No 1."
Front-cloth: Queen's Boudoir with circular panel "To be cut out", with cherubs and curtains around.
swsc4.jpg (40188 bytes)"Hope's Scenes in Snow White. No 2." Back-cloth: Castle scene, castle in background, gardens in front.
"Hope's Scenes in Snow White. No. 3." Front-cloth: Elaborate Forest scene, lake and rising sun in background.  (see picture above right)
"Hope's Scenes in Snow White. No. 4." Back-cloth: Interior of Dwarf's Cottage. Dinner table set in kitchen scene. (see picture on left)
"Hope's Side Wings in Snow White." Pair of wings for scene 2, Peacock on plinth, and urn on wall. And pair of wings for scene 4, pot on kitchen fire, and grandfather clock.

 

Sinbad the Sailor

SinbadCh1TC.jpg (26137 bytes)Complete set - 8 sheets - 2 character sheets, 4 scene sheets and 2 sheets wings. All prints approx. 9"x7" to plate marks.  Mr Hope has two versions of some of these plates. The earlier versions were executed whilst he was ill, and he later realised that he was not happy with them, and so engraved revised versions. The later plates only are included here. As detailed below:

"Hope's Characters and Scenes in 'Sinbad the Sailor'. 2 plates SinbadSc1TC.jpg (22162 bytes) characters. 4 plates scenes. 2 wings" Characters: "Roc Bird and Sinbad" "Sinbad killing Hagar" "Sylvira" "Sinbad, fig 2" "Sinbad, fig 4" "Sailors Pointing[2]".
"Hope's Characters in Sinbad the Sailor. Plate 2." Characters: "Avora" "Sailors with Egg" Hagar, fig 1" "Abdulla" "Salim" "Princess" "Sinbad, fig 1" "Sailors [2]"
"Hope's Scenes in Sinbad the Sailor. No. 1." Back-cloth: View of Palace interior, ocean in background through arches.
"Hope's Scenes in Phantom of the SinbadSc4TC.jpg (20127 bytes) Opera. No. 2." Back-cloth: View of deck of Sinbad's ship with canons and rigging, on stormy sea.
"Hope's Scenes in Sinbad the Sailor. No. 3." Back-cloth: View of shipwreck amongst rocks in violent sea.
"Hope's Scenes in Sinbad the Sailor. No. 4." Backcloth: View of Roc birds nest containing human skeletons.
(Hope's Wings in Sinbad the Sailor.) 2 pairs of wings, Palace interior, and rocks. (for scenes 1 and 3).
(Hope's Wings in Sinbad the Sailor.) 2 pairs of side wings, ships deck, and forest. (for scenes 2 and 4).

 

Show Boat

One souvenir sheet - large size, approx. 9"x12" to plate marks.

"Principal Characters in Show Boat." Characters: "Ravenal, Mr Worster" "Magnolia, Miss E. Day" "Joe, Mr Robeson" "Queenie, Miss Hunter" "Julie, Miss Burke" "Frank" "Ellie" "Magnolia" "Landlady" "As Performed at Drury Lane Theatre" This large sheet is designed as a character sheet to be cut out, but it also incorporates the characters into 3 small scenes from the show. A delightful plate.

 

The Desert Song

One souvenir sheet large size approx. 9"x7" to plate marks.

"Principal Characters in The Desert Song." Characters: "Margot, Miss E. Day" "Ali, Mr D. Hoey" "Riffs" "The Red Shadow, Mr H. Welchman" "Margot"

 

Phantom of the Opera

PhantomCh1TC.jpg (26200 bytes)Complete set of 8 sheets. 2 character sheets, 4 scene sheets and 2 sheets wings. All prints approx. 9"x7" to plate marks.  These prints pre-date A. Lloyd Weber's production, indeed Hope states that Weber saw one of these plates and was inspired to produce his musical! One of my prints has pencil inscription "1850's, after Gaston Lerous" the French Novelist.

"Hope's Characters and Scenes in The Phantom of the Opera. 2 plates characters. 4 plates scenes. 2 plate wings"  Characters: PhantomSc3TC.jpg (20299 bytes) "Duval" "Christine, fig X" "Karl, fig 2" "Karl, fig 1" "Erik, fig I" "Annett" "Erik, fig 2" "Lecrayon" "Erik, fig 3" "Madam Girey".
"Hope's Characters in The Phantom of the Opera." [Plate 2] Characters: "Christine Rescued" "Donkey" "Erik, fig 4" "Table" "Prima Donna" "Prima Donna, fig 2" "Christine, fig 2" "Christine Fainted" "Erik, fig 5" "Karl, fig 5" "Christine, fig 3"
"Hope's Scenes in Phantom of the Opera. No. 1." Back-cloth: Side perspective view of elaborate empty stage, curtains, scenery rails, trap door, behind scenes, all showing.
PhantomSc4TC.jpg (24901 bytes)"Hope's Scenes in Phantom of the Opera. No. 2."  Back-cloth: View of elaborate palace? circular room interior. Trees visible through windows.
"Hope's Scenes in Phantom of the Opera. No. 3."  Back-cloth: View of rowing boat moored in dungeon boat house.
"Hope's Scenes in Phantom of the Opera. No. 4."  Back-cloth: View of fire and flood spreading in dungeon boat house.
 (Hope's Wings) "in Phantom of the Opera." 2 pairs of wings, elaborate columns, curtains, etc. (for scenes 1 and 2).
 (Hope's Wings in Phantom of the Opera.)  2 pairs of side wings, fire breathing Gargoyles on columns, and castle columns. (for scenes 3 and 4).

Beau Geste

bgfig1.jpg (20604 bytes)Complete in 8 sheets. 3 character sheets, 4 scene sheets and 1 sheets wings. All prints approx. 9"x7" to plate marks.

"Hope's Characters in Beau Geste. Plate 1." Characters "Isobel fig 1", "Lady Brandon fig 1", "John fig 1", "John fig 2", "Bolidar", "Table with Jewel", "Isobel fig 2", "Table bare", "Beau fig 1", "Digby fig 1".  (see right)
"Hope's Characters in Beau Geste. Plate 2." Characters: "Beau, fig 2" "Digby, 2" "John, fig 3" "Boldini" "Lejaune, fig I" "Lejaune, fig 2" "Beau Dead, fig 3" "Digby, fig 3" "Lejaune Dead" "Digby Dying, 4".
"Hope's Characters in Beau bgfort.jpg (38135 bytes)Geste. Plate 3."  Characters: "Lejaun" "John" "Arab" "Digby" "Lady Brandon, 2" "Soldiers" "Buddy" "Mule" "Hank" "Arab" "John" "Soldiers"
"Hope's Scenes in Beau Geste. No. 1." Back-cloth: Elaborate interior view of Brandon Abbess. Pencil note "Brandon Abbess"
"Hope's Scenes in Beau Geste. No. 2."  Back-cloth: View from inside Fort Zinderhoff, ramparts showing, palm trees & lookout tower showing outside walls. Pencil note "Fort Zinderhoff"
"Hope's Scenes in Beau Geste No. 3." Back-cloth: View from inside Fort bgfunera1.jpg (37618 bytes)Zinderhoff, ramparts showing the vigilant dead.  Pencil note "The Vigilant Dead" (see left)
"Hope's Scenes in Beau Geste. No. 4."  Back-cloth: View of dead soldiers in dungeon, barrels of flaming gunpowder around. Pencil note "A Vikings Funeral". (see right)
 (Hope's Wings in Beau Geste)  2 pairs of wings, elaborate columns in Abbess, and rocks and palms.

Maria Marten in the Red Barn

: Complete in 4 sheets. 1 character sheet, 2 portraits and 1 topographical sheet. All prints approx. 9"x7" to plate marks.  The murder of Maria Marten in May 1827 became one of the most famous of the nineteenth century. It had all the ingredients the public revelled in: a seduced village maiden, a heartless villain, and the fact that the crime was only discovered 11 months later by a dream. 

"Principal Characters in Maria Marten in the Red Barn."  Characters: "William Corder" "Maria-Dead" "Ghost Maria" "Thomas Balham" "William" "Ann Marten" "Maria" "Thomas Marten"
Portraits:
"Mr Saville as William Corder in The Red Barn. May 1st, 1829 [sic]. Hope's Portraits." Full length portrait of Saville holding rope, and dagger dripping blood. Aiming pistol. "Maria Dead" in barn in background, with constables arriving on scene. This is one of Mr Hope's earliest prints. He engraved it when only 19.
"Maria Marten. Murdered by William Corder in the Red Barn, Polstead, Suffolk. 1827."  Full length portrait of Marten in front of the Red Barn. Polstead, Suffolk. (I have the original working pencil sketch, dated 198?, for this print. A photocopy of the original will be included with this print. This shows Hope's original intention to make this a portrait of an actress, Miss Kirby, but his research persuaded him to produce it as Marten herself. The sketch shows Kirby's name and is numbered 82, in 'Hope's Characters' series.)
Topographical View:
"The Red Barn, Polstead" Suffolk.  Burnt to the ground in the 1880's? Close up view of the barn. Cart & chickens in foreground. (This plate was originally intended as a scene for this production, but ended as a factual representation, taken from contemporary images, although still in the Juvenile Drama style. 

The Four Seasons

Complete in two sheets. A pair of prints (companion sheets to The Elements below) depicting the four seasons. They are coloured with water-colours producing a more subtle effect than the bright hues of the Plays and Portraits. The two prints depict the same couple. Both prints approx. 10"x8" to plate marks.

"Spring" & "Summer" View on left of young girl watering plants in English country garden, house in background. The view transforms across the sheet to a young man harvesting corn.  Click picture on right for larger view.

"Autumn" & "Winter" View on left of same young girl picking apples. The view transforms across the sheet to the same young man with a lantern, walking in a snow scene.  

The Elements

Complete in two sheets. A pair of prints (companion sheets to The Four Seasons above) depicting the four elements. They are coloured with water-colours producing a more subtle effect than the bright hues of the Plays and Portraits. The two prints depict the same couple. Both prints approx. 10"x8" to plate marks.

"Air" & "Earth" View on left of mother and young son flying a kite in English countryside. The view transforms across the sheet to father digging his garden. Houses in background
"Fire" & "Water" View on left of same mother, and young daughter tending fire in elegant drawing room. The view transforms across the sheet to the same father punting on a river. Town outline in background.

Blue Water Series

The following prints are in the same style as 'Hope's Portraits' below. They are coloured with water-colours producing a more subtle effect than the bright hues of the Portraits. All prints approx. 7"x10" to plate marks.

wpe17.jpg (45292 bytes)"Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth, in Elizabeth and Essex. Blue Water Series."  Davis played Queen Bess in 1937 & again in 1956. She made only one film in Britain, called 'Another Man's Poison' and played opposite Anthony Steel. Full length portrait of Davis sat on throne, holding a feather fan.
"Laurence Olivier as Henry V. Blue Water Series. No. 3." Full length portrait of Olivier, standing in cone of light from above. (Engraved c. 1959/60.)  Click picture on right for larger view
"Charles Laughton as Henry VIII. Blue Water Series." No. 4.  Full length portrait of Laughton as smiling Henry VIII sat in front of elaborate Tudor stained glass window. This is one of Mr Hope's latest prints, the plates only recently being finished. 
"Tyrone Power as the Prince of Foxes. Blue Water Series. No. 6."  Full length portrait of Power as Prince. The background of this print has a more modern, almost Art Deco style to it than normal. Very attractive. 

Hope's New Gladiators Series

The following are a series of portraits of Gladiators. They all depict actors in dramatic poses. All prints approx. 7"x8" to plate marks. These were designed as a pair.

"Mr Payne as Hector. Hope's New Gladiators. No. 1." Full length portrait of Payne, in Gladiator costume. With Roman buildings in background.  Click picture on right for larger view.


"Mr Palmer as Demetreus. Hope's New Gladiators. No. 2." Full length portrait of Palmer, in Gladiator costume. With people in amphitheatre in background.

Hope's Horses

The following are a series of portraits in the usual dramatic style but concentrating on mounted subjects. One left facing & one right facing print would make a perfect pair framed together. All prints approx. 7"x8" to plate marks. These were designed as a pair.

"Mr Hick's as Sir Lancelot of the lake. No. 1 Hope's Horses." Full length left facing view of Hick's on horseback. Castle and lake in background.
"Mr Cooke as Sir Galahad the Valiant. Hope's Horses No. 3." Full length right facing view of Cooke on horseback. Castle, tents and bridge in background.

Hope's Favourite Fours Series

:The following prints are pairs of images, one above the other. Each show two characters in a small scene. All prints approx. 7"x10" to plate marks.

favfours.JPG (49162 bytes)"Hope's Favourite Fours in Black-Ey'd Susan. No. 1." One plate "Susan - Miss Scott" and "William - Mr Cooke" at top with cottage and coastal scene in background. Plus "Captain Crosstree - Mr Forrestt" and "Lieut Pike - Mr Hicks" at bottom on ships deck, cannon and open sea in background.  Click picture on right to see larger image.

"Hope's Favourite Fours in Sweeny Todd. No. 3." One plate "Mark Ingestre-Mr N Brady. Lady Castleborough-Miss G Llewellyn" at top. Brady as standing sailor in front of seated Llewellyn on ships deck. Plus "Joanna Oakley-Miss A Watson. Mark-2nd dress" below. Brady in uniform, with Watson, in bed chamber. These characters are taken from the final production of Tod Slaughter's 'Sweeny Todd' at the Hackney Empire in 1955. They were engraved at around the same time. Mr Slaughter collapsed and died in the wings of the Hackney Empire in March 1955.

Model Toy Theatres

Nelson Theatre. Complete in two sheets. Both prints approx. 10"x7" to plate marks. These prints are early examples of Hope's work, being designed in 1956, at the age of 19. His interest in Nelson was fuelled by them sharing the same birth date, September 29th.
  • "The Nelson. 2d coloured." 
  • "Nelson Forever. Curtain - Wings. 2d coloured. Plate 2."

Pair of coloured prints being 7 cut-outs: Proscenium, Curtain wings, Orchestra, Safety curtain, etc, to be mounted on board, then on a wooden frame to form a complete model toy theatre. Based on Naval theme, the proscenium having views of Nelson dying and the battle of Trafalgar. A very attractive theatre.

Hippodrome Theatre. Complete stage front in one sheet. Larger sheet approx. 12"x10" to plate marks. 

  • "Hippodrome."  

The coloured print having 2 cut-outs: Proscenium and 2 part stage fronts, to be mounted on board, then on a wooden frame to form a complete model toy theatre. Based on Hippodrome Theatre, Norwich, the proscenium having views at top of four horses in show ring being ridden by standing riders. Smaller views below of buildings in Norwich and town arms. People seated in boxes to sides of opening. The stage front decorated with imps and theatrical masks. A very attractive theatre.

Clown, Harlequin & Columbine

clown.jpg (21169 bytes)The following three portraits are designed as a set. They are each approximately 5"x8" to plate marks. They would look superb mounted together in one frame.

"Grimaldi as Clown." Full-length portrait of costumed Clown, holding mirror and with sausages falling from pocket. High street shops scene in background. (Tinsel picture shown)  Click picture on right for larger view

"Mr Wood as Harlequin." Full length portrait.

"Miss Clara Webster as Columbine." Full length portrait of Columbine dancing and waving a wreath. Classical buildings in background. Mrs Webster was burned to death by blazing fireworks during a performance.

 

Hope's Portraits (Smaller size for framing)

These can be supplied as Tinsel Pictures or Hand-coloured Pictures . For details please see Page 2,  under Section on Hope's Portraits (Normal Size).

harryhalyard.jpg (16257 bytes)"Mr T P Cooke as Harry Halyard" in 'My Poll & My Partner Joe' 19th Century sailor brandishing pistol & holding a Union Jack flag over his shoulder.  (Tinsel picture shown) blackbrandon.jpg (16500 bytes)"Mr Hicks as Black Brandon" The companion to Harry Halyard. A private in crimson & gold pointing a pistol & holding the skull & crossbones flag.  (Tinsel picture shown)
calicojack.jpg (17366 bytes)"Mr Cooke as Calico Jack" A sailor pirate wearing a marines jacket & pointing a pisto & holding a black pirate flag - aboard a battleship.  (Tinsel picture shown) paulclifford2.jpg (17382 bytes)"Mr collins as Paul Clifford" A highwayman mounted ona dark horse & wearing the crimson coast popular with stage highwaymaen. Night village scene is in the background.  (Tinsel picture shown)

"Mr Wilox as Mark Antony" The actor in Roman warriors armour & holding a drawn sword & a shield.

fairyrainbow.jpg (19481 bytes)"Miss Spillar as Fairy Raindbow" A romantic portrait of the Victorian ballerina, holding a wand & being drawn in a sea-chariot by two sea-horses.  (Tinsel picture shown) abanazar.jpg (17237 bytes)"Mr O Smith as Abanazer in Aladdin" A standing figure in oriental costume holding a blazing torch in his right hand & showing the magic lamp.  (Tinsel picture shown)
tarquin.jpg (18197 bytes)"Mr Kemble as Tarquin in the Fall of Tarquin" A dramatic portrait in full Roman Warriors costume holding sword & shield.  (Tinsel picture shown) pollmaggot.jpg (18483 bytes)"Mrs Daley as Poll Maggot" A portrait of the villianess in attractive 18th century dress. - a night scene in the background.  (Tinsel picture shown)
ironspark.jpg (17631 bytes)"Mr O Smith as Ironspark" A typical pose of a pantomime Demon King of the 19th century. He holds a flaming torch - with fiery dragons in the background.   (Tinsel picture shown) ivanhoe.jpg (16576 bytes)"Mr Cooke as Ivanhoe" An equestrian horse portrait of the hero in scottish armour. A castle in the background.   (Tinsel picture shown)

All pictures Joseph Williams 

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