This sketch of ‘The Christmas Conjuror’ was published on page 592 of the ‘Illustrated London News’ of 22 December 1877. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.
Howard Paul is shown in a variety of characters in this print by Matt Stretch dated November 1877. There is no clue on the item as to where he might have performed using this print as publicity. We know Mr Howard performed with his wife at the Egyptian Hall in 1858, see Ref. no. N1992. The item N1992 was stuck to the other side of the paper to which this Howard Paul print was stuck. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.
The date 12 February 1877 is written on the cover. There is no reason to doubt this.
The back page gives the printer’s date as 31 March 1877.
5th consecutive year in London (1877-78). Printer’s date on page 4 is 6 September 1877.
Zoe’s debut at the Egyptian Hall was on 21 May 1877. A date on the back of the review suggests the newspaper was from June 1877.
Zoe’s debut at the Egyptian Hall was on 21 May 1877. The newspaper is therefore probably from May or June 1877.