The Opera Boxes during the time of the Great Exhibition

Monochrome engraving entitled 'The Opera Boxes during the time of the Great Exhibition'. Engraved by George Cruickshank (1792-1878) for Mayhew '1851, or the Adventures of Mr And Mrs Sandboys' (1851). Depicts twelve boxes in a theatre in three rows, with people in nightcaps in one, shaving in another, dining in another, and so on. Inscription below reads: 'In consequence of the great pressure for lodgings, the proprietor of Her Majesty's Theatre, with his usual readiness to meet the wishes and to give every possible accommodation to the public, allows parties visiting the opera to retain their boxes, as Dormitories until the following day.(This paln will doubtless be followed by all the London theatres)'

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