The Savage Club was, and in 2020 still is, a gentleman’s club based in London. This item is a copy of the menu card when Devant was presiding. The artwork is signed by Harry May Hemsley. Hemsley knew Devant well and it is worth looking at high magnification at the many amusing sketches that Hemsley has taken from Devant’s supposed life. Devant often used Hemsley to provide him with cartoons which he used for newspaper advertisements. The second illustration, a framed menu card, was on display on the wall at the Savage Club in London in 2019.
‘Smoke and Mirrors – The Psychology of Magic’ was an exhibition put on by the Wellcome Collection in London from 11 April – 15 September 2019. Various items from the Davenport Collection featured, including the shop sign. This print was on sale at the Wellcome Shop for £6.00.
Mr Erasmus Galton’s ascent of Mont Blanc is illustrated and described on pages 93 and 94 of ‘The Illustrated London News’, 8 February 1851. Around the same time Albert Smith at the Egyptian Hall gave very popular talks on his own ascent of Mont Blanc.
One side of this sheet from the Illustrated London News is an illustration of Mr F. Maccabe’s entertainment “Begone, Dull Care”. The reverse side has an article on Maccabe, along with a second article about him that has been pasted onto the sheet. Maccabe was a very popular protean artiste and ventriloquist in the 1860s and 1870s. There is also an article about Mr. Alfred Burnett, the American Humorist who, with the assistance of Miss Nash, took over at the Egyptian Hall in London when Maskelyne and Cooke had a break in September 1874. A programme for their performance can be found under Ref. no. N1468.
As exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. The small newspaper clip below the print reads: ‘EGYPTIAN HALL, PICCADILLY. The greatest Wonder of the Animal Kingdom, the MISSOURI LEVIATHAN, 16 feet high, and 30 feet long, tusks from point to point, 21 feet, is now Exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly; together with a large variety of Remains of Antediluvian Animals, as the Mastodon, Retracaulodon, Orectiroterium, &c. Mr. Koch, the discoverer, is generally present, to give explanations to visitors. Admission, One Shilling.’ 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 engraving is attributed to A.H. Payne, 1847, after T.H. Shepherd. It shows General Tom Thumb’s carriage.
This is from The Graphic, 16 February 1878, page 181.
It turns out that Mr Charles Brown was indisposed and so the ascent was undertaken by his younger brother, Roger. Details can be found in ‘Wakefield Then & Now’ by Michael J Rochford first published in Great Britain in 2016 by Pen & Sword History, Barnsley, UK.
This illustration is from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 13 June 1874, page 368.
This illustration is from The Entr’acte, 13 June 1874. George Cooke’s name is incorrectly given as ‘Cook’.