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The Oil Shop part 01

The Oil Shop part 01

Composer: Dallas, John

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: H.1778.j.(7.)

Item number: Tract (7.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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This tune was sung in Music Halls across the country by Herbet Campbell, who was a famous comic singer. He was well known to his contemporaries and was often seen about town with his close friends and other Music Hall stars Dan Leno and Arthur Lloyd. His career was cut short when he was killed falling from a carriage on his way to a performance. Music sheet cover illustrations can tell us lots about the period in which they were produced, not only do we see a caricatured image of a man about town but we can see adverts for 'Bell & Black Lights' and 'Coleman's Mustard' in the shop window.

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