The bill includes Lewis Davenport. Programmes of this type have the printer’s date at the bottom right of the front page. Also given is the fact that 1750 were printed. The date when this programme was presented to the public is not given. The pages illustrated are 1, 3, 4 and 8.

When found in a Davenport storeroom the display was in this frame, but there was no glass protecting it. For protection the display was framed under UV protective glass in 2014. The lady shown in the photograph at the bottom is Evelyne Maskelyne, Jasper Maskelyne’s first wife.

This brass and mahogany trunk is of the type used by the Maskelynes in the sketch Will, the Witch and the Watchman. The Davenport family bought the assets of the Maskelyne business in the 1930s. This trunk was found in a canvas cover labelled Clive Maskelyne, South Africa. Clive did indeed tour South Africa, so this is probably the trunk he used. It certainly shows signs of wear and tear.