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no. 635

Saturday, 28 November 2009

images of theatre and other popular entertainment

Sam Newland

a carte de visite photograph of Sam Newland (fl. 1860s),
'the Great Ethiopian Delineator and Stump Orator,'
as seen when giving his burlesque lecture on anatomy

(photo: unknown, probably UK, 1860s)

'Under the Patronage of The Right Honourable the LORD PROVOST. SATURDAY EVENING FIRST, TEMPLETON'S ORIGINAL AFRICAL OPERA TROUP, consisting of Mr HARRY TEMPLTON, The Celebrated Ethiopian Comedian and Operatic Vocalist. Mr SAM NEWLAND, Grotesque Dancer, Soloist, and Comedian. Mr T.H. BESWICK, Violincello and Basso Profundo. Mr JOHN RAWLINSON, Known as the African Sims Reeves. Mr J.W. ADAMS, American Comedian and Impersonator of Female Character. Mr T. MONTGOMERY, The Great Baritone. Mr WILL ANDERSON, The Renowned Prize Dancer and Violinist.
'Admission - 2s, 1s, and 6d. Doors open at 7. Organ Performance at 7.40. Concert at 8.'
(The Caledonian Mercury, Edinburgh, Wednesday, 23 December 1863, p. 1d)

London Music Hall, Manchester
'A spectacle which promises to rival in popularity The Gathering of the Clans was produced here on Monday. It is entitled May-day in London, and represents the sweeps' festivities of years ago. It includes a Jack-in-the-green, original songs, dances by the Misses Gunniss, and dance and marches by forty children; and a Maypole dance, under the direction of Miss Emma Gunnis. The vocal talent includes Mr W.H. Wieland, the delineator of Negro eccentricities; Miss Julia Weston, the serio-comic vocalist; Mr J.W. Williams, Mr E. Thomas, and Mr Fred. Allford, and in addition there is a very good troupe, called the Hayti Minstrels, and the fun is kept alive by those very talented ''corner men,'' Sam Newland and J.W. Adams.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 8 May 1864, p. 12a)

London Music Hall, Manchester
'The latest attraction here is Miss Caroline Parkes, who has made a great hit with her transformation song en ''The Colleen Bawn.'' Herr Susman has also made himself a great favourite with his imitation of birds and beasts. The popularity of George Leybourne increases, and he is recalled as often as three times. Mr J.D. Kelly, Mr J.W. Adams, Asa Cushman and Joey Tennyson, Sam Newland, and Mr. J. M'Alleyne maintain their hold on public favour. The extraordinary performance of Little Corelli, a la Nathalie, and the charming Moorish ballet, headed by Mdlle. Mozoni, including the above-named, form an enjoyable evening's entertainment. We may observe that Sam Newland and J.W. Adams, in their Nigger burlesques, though seventeen weeks have elapsed since their first appearance, are as popular as ever.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 21 August 1864, p. 12a)

Crystal Palace Concert Hall, Birmingham
'Miss M. Stropp, a highly pleasing ballad vocalist, and M. Eugene Romain, a first-class tenor, have made successful appearances. The furore occasioned by the grotesque duets of Miss Victoria and Mr. Frederick Vokes, is by no means abated, their recalls are so often repeated that it is evident the rich humour of their duets is fully appreciated. Miss Kate Hartley's characteristic songs are admirably sung, and full of comic humour. Sam Newland's burlesque lecture on anatomy is droll in the extreme, and is received with loud bursts of laughter and applause. Sextillian, the contortionist, is unapproachable both in the difficulty and grace of his positions. The Neapolitan Festival with the graceful dancing of Miss Jenny and Mr. Forman Vokes, and the accomplished Corps de Ballet, is productive of great applause. The operatic selections are from Mozart's Don Giovanni. The petit Blondin is announced for next week.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 29 October 1865, p. 11b)

Prince of Wales's Theatre, Birmingham
The pantomime's Harlequinade with Columbine, Madame John Lauri; Harlequin, Mr. John Lauri; Sprites, Messrs. Eline and Delevanti; Pantaloons, Messrs. Gellini and Lupino; Clowns, Harry Croueste and Sam Newland. (The Birmingham Daily Post, Birmingham, England, Saturday, 23 December 1865, p. 3d; see also the same edition, p.1a, advertisement, where no title of the pantomime is given and Sam Newland is described as 'the Great Ethiopian Delineator and Stump Orator')

'ST. JAMES'S HALL, PICCADILLY. The original and only veritable CHRISTY MINSTRELS. . . . The largest and unquestionably most talented Ethiopian Troupe in the World. Nine Star Comedians. Seven Instrumental Performers. Eight Vocalists. Four Dancers. MR. SAM NEWLAND, the great American Humourist, has created a perfect furore. Anything more extraordinarily ludicrous has not been known for many years. DOCTOR MARY (Newland / Hookey) WALKER'S LECTURE ON ANATONY is the greatest sensation of the season. THE FUNNIEST THING IN LONDON. Nightly received with uproarious shouts of laughter. Every one must hear it. . . .'
(Reynold's Newspaper, London, Sunday, 3 February 1867, p. 4a)

'MR. EDITOR. - Sir, - In your notice of Wednesbury in your last week's issue you mention Mr Samuel Newland, Negro delineator, &c. Lest some of your readers might be misled, allow me to inform them, through the medium of your paper, that Sam Newland, who was my brother-in-law, died on the 18th day of September, 1867, being at that time one of Moore and Crocker's Cristy's Minstrels, and that the person mentioned at Wednesdbury as Sam Newland is named Newey. Yours truly, TED SNOW.'
(The Era, London, 31 January 1869, p. 10a)

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