A playbill from HMS Resolute,
for the Royal Arctic Theatre, Melville Island, dated 30 November 1853, printed on silk, advertising performances of 'Taming the Shrew' and 'The Two Bonnycastles', Resolute Press,
47 x 25 cm, framed
The Royal Arctic Theatre was established in the winter of 1850-51 to alleviate the boredom of the ship's crew. Printed by the Resolute Press during the voyage of HMS Resolute, led by Captain Henry Kellett on its voyage in search of Sir John Franklin's missing expedition. In 1854, the Resolute became stuck in ice and was abandoned, later to be recovered and returned to Queen Victoria in 1856 by American whalers. As a gesture of thanks, timbers from the ship were used to make the Resolute desk, given to US President Rutherford B Hayes in 1880. The desk is still located in the White House's Oval Office today.
Similar examples of this playbill can be found in the collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (TXT0088) and the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh (GB/C.130).
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Sold for £3,800
Folding creases throughout. Areas of foxing. Some losses and fading to ink commensurate with age and original purpose.
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