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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 17, 1890.   By:

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"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 17, 1890" is a delightful collection of satirical sketches, articles, and cartoons that provide a fascinating glimpse into the social and political issues of the late 19th century. The wit and humor displayed throughout the magazine are both clever and sharp, making for an entertaining read.

The contributors to this edition of Punch cover a wide range of topics, from the latest fashion trends to the current political climate. The cartoons are particularly eye-catching, adding a visual element to the satire that enhances the overall reading experience.

While some of the references may be dated for modern readers, the underlying themes of societal critique and humor are still relevant today. Overall, "Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 17, 1890" is a delightful read that offers a unique perspective on the Victorian era.

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MAY 17, 1890.


MY DEAR EDITOR, Whilst you were feasting in Burlington House amongst the Pictures and the Royal Academicians, I was seated in the Stalls of the St. James's Theatre, lost in astonishment (certainly not in admiration, although of old the two words had the same meaning), at the antics of a minority of the Gallery, who amused themselves by shouting themselves hoarse before the performances commenced; but not satisfied with this, they continued their shrieking further: they howled at the overture of the first piece, they jeered at the scene, they yelled at the actors. However, as it happened, The Tiger had been already successfully played on two occasions last year, so a verdict was not required at their hands. Had Mr. SOLOMON, the composer, conducted, he would have taken The Tiger away, and left the howlers to their howling. Since Saturday the piece has, I am informed, "gone" with what the Americans call a "snap." The music is charming. Mr. CHARLES COLNAGHI made his bow as a professional, and played and sang excellently, as did also Mr. J. G. TAYLOR, in spite of the riotous conduct of the "unfriendlies."

Then came Esther Sandraz . Mrs. LANGTRY looked lovely, and played with great power; but what an unpleasant part! Until the end of the First Act all was right... Continue reading book >>

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