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Fall Collection; September 2006
 
 
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Unknown
(American, early nineteenth century)
Mose: Life in Philadelphia, c. 1848

Pencil, ink, and watercolor on paper, 12 3/8 × 9 3/8 inches
Inscribed in ink at lower left (on poster): “ARCH St. Theatre/BURTON manager/MOSE/LIFE IN/PHILADELPHIA”

This work is an advertisment for the immensely popular Mose series of plays. The actor Frank Chanfrau (1824–1884) travelled the country making appearances as the New York “bowery b’hoy” fireman Mose.


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