Double column playbill announcing a programme of entertainment and concerts at the Royal Adelaide Gallery: c.1845

R Pettitt

Double column playbill announcing a programme of entertainment and concerts at the Royal Adelaide Gallery: c.1845
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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This image shows a double column playbill announcing a programme of entertainment and concerts at the Royal Adelaide Gallery in c.1845.

Playbills played a central part in advertising shows and attracting audiences. Technical developments in the printing industry brought new typefaces which theatres seized upon to create bold and eye-catching bills. The promised attractions were described in great detail and often illustrated with wood-block engravings.

The National Gallery of Practical Science, or The Adelaide Gallery as it was familiarly known, stood on the north side of the Strand near St Martin's Lane. It was famous for its exhibitions of breathtaking scientific and technical discoveries. On Tuesdays and Saturdays laughing gas was a particular attraction. This playbill advertises a series of concerts to rival those given at other London venues by the famous conductor Monsieur Jullien.

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