Popular entertainments


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    This poster advertises the popular entertainments on offer at the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens. These include recreations of the Great Fire of London using special effects, a famed menagerie, an orchestral concert, a model of Venice, and a famous 'dwarf' known as General Tom Thumb performing in a hot air balloon. Posters such as these used bold lettering in different sizes and colours. This was a typical stylistic feature of Victorian advertising that helped to catch the eye of passers-by.


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    Under the patronage of Her most gracious Majesty.... Terrific representation of the Great Fire of London in 1666. General Tom Thumb Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 4 till half-past 6. His four last appearances in London. First performance this season of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, … Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, 1844, will be exhibited the grand modelled representation of London in the olden time painted by Danson and Telbin, … The far-famed menagerie, … The arrangements for the Promenade Concerts are upon the most extensive scale. The splendid band of this establishment conducted by Mr. Godfrey, … Tom Thumb! who will go through the entire of his performances, on a stage prepared in front of the orchestra, and afterwards traverse the gardens in a balloon! … prepared expressly for him by Mr. Charles Green, the celebrated aeronaut, … Model of Venice … The entertainments will terminate at dusk with a representation of the Great Fire of London as viewed from the river Thames in 1666, … Mr. Southby pyrotechnist. Admission one shilling. …

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