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Advert for the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington

Advert for the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington

Printer: Kaufmann, E

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Evan.9036

Item number: 9036

Genre: Leaflet

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The Agricultural Hall in Islington was built by the Smithfield Club in the 1860s as a venue for their livestock and agricultiral shows. By the late 1800s, however, the hall was a popular venue for variety entertainment. Acts such as Eleonora, Queen of the Air stunned audiences with acrobatic feats, beautiful music and comedy performances.

Benefit nights were a periodical custom in Victorian music halls. All the proceeds from the evening would have been given to a particular beneficiary - normally charities, or performers down on their luck. In this case the money went to the hall manager John O’Connor.

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