Mrs. C.G. Howard / The Original / [woodcut of Mrs. Howard dressed as Topsy, 18 x 12 inches] / Topsy / in Uncle Tom's Cabin [complete text].

[New York]: Waters - Son, [ca. 1880?]. Advertising poster for a production of the play, 21 1/2 x 29 inches, large lettering (to 5 inches) printed in black on a red background, the large image of Topsy, as portrayed by Mrs. Howard, based on an illustration of her from an 1852 piece of sheet music ("Oh! I'se So Wicked" as sung by Mrs. G.C. Howard), quite striking. Carolina Emily Fox (1829-1908) married actor and theater producer George C. Howard in 1844 at age 15; when he created his stage version of Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852, he cast his wife in the role of Topsy and their 4-year old daughter Cordelia as Little Eva. Mrs. Howard continued in the role until Mr. Howard passed away in 1887, when she retired from the stage. Waters-Son, New York engravers specializing in maps, were responsible for many Civil War and state maps issued through the 1860s; some reference sources refer to them as "wood engravers." OCLC locates two posters advertising theatrical performances, similar to the one offered here, produced by Waters-Son, noting their dates as "1880." This poster apparently unrecorded on OCLC. A little chipping at the edges, old tidelines at lower corners (not advancing into image), a very good example of a 19th century theatrical poster for a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, quite striking and a wonderful display item. (8684). Item #61687

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