Polly Perkins of Pemberton Green - Sheet Music. Harry Clifton.

Polly Perkins of Pemberton Green - Sheet Music

Boston: Henry Tolman & Co., Circa 1860. First Edition. Sheet Music. From Buckleys Comic Songs as sung by R. Bisop Buckley [and] Buckleys Serenaders. 5 pages including the front cover. Cover includes five b/w vignettes showing members of the Serenaders. One of the vignettes shows R. Biship Buckley, and the other four show Serenaders performing in blackface. Untrimmed with some edge wear and light soiling. Short (1") closed tear on right edge. Very Good. Item #007956

Buckleys Serenaders began performing in the 1840s and were one of the two most popular American singing companies throughout the 1850s and 1860s. When not on tour, the group performed at the opera house they owned on Broadway in New York City.

After viewing one of their performances, Charles Dickens wrote, "Wilkie and I . . . went to the Buckley's last night. They do the most preposterous things, in the way of Violin Solos, Deeply Sentimental Songs, and Lucrezia Borgia music, sung by a majestic female in black velvet and jewels with a blackened face! All that part of it, is intolerably bad. But the real Nigger things are very good; and there is one man-the tambourine-who attempts to do things with chairs, in remembrance of an acrobat he has seen, which is the most genuinely ludicrous thing of its kind, I ever beheld. Nor have I ever seen so good a presentation as his, of the real Negro."

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Price: $300.00

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