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Cartoon, An Ironmaster at the Savoy

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Cartoon, An Ironmaster at the Savoy

Cartoon, An " Ironmaster" at the Savoy -- the librettist Ws Gilbert in a suit of armour, with the much smaller figure of Richard D Oyly Carte looking up at him. At the time, The Ironmaster, a play by Pinero, had been successful at a rival establishment, the St Jamess Theatre, and this is a satirical comment on it.
1884

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1884 Armour Bryan Carte Comment Discipline Doyly Entracte Gilbert Hammer Librettist Opera Operas Oyly Pinero Rival Satire Satirical Savoy Sullivan Ironmaster


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An Ironmaster at the Savoy: A Satirical Cartoon from the 1880s This intriguing cartoon, titled "An Ironmaster at the Savoy," captures the playful and competitive spirit of the Victorian theatre scene in London during the 1880s. The image features two prominent figures of the era: W.S. Gilbert, the renowned librettist of the Savoy Operas, and Richard D'Oyly Carte, the producer of the Savoy Theatre. At the time, Gilbert and Carte were known for their successful collaborations on operas such as "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "Patience." However, a rival play, "The Ironmaster" by Pinero, was making waves at the St. James Theatre. This satirical cartoon is a humorous commentary on the situation. Gilbert is depicted in a suit of armor, towering over the much smaller figure of D'Oyly Carte. The ironmaster's large hammer and metal anvil in the background further emphasize the contrast between the two men. The title "An Ironmaster at the Savoy" suggests that Gilbert, as the ironmaster, is in control of the Savoy Theatre, and D'Oyly Carte, the smaller figure, is looking up to him for guidance. The cartoon's satirical tone is evident in the exaggerated size difference between the two men, as well as the use of the ironmaster motif. The ironmaster was a common character in Victorian literature and theatre, often symbolizing discipline, strength, and control. By applying this symbolism to Gilbert, the cartoonist is highlighting his dominance in the London theatre scene and his ability to produce successful works. Overall, "An Ironmaster at the Savoy" is a fascinating glimpse into the world of Victorian theatre and the playful rivalries that fueled its creative output. The cartoon's humorous and satirical commentary on the situation adds to its historical significance and continues to entertain and intrigue viewers today.

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