Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company print of The Colonel performed by actor Eric Bayley


This colored print depicts a black and white circular bust portrait of a man in the center of a yellow sunflower. The man is probably Eric Bayley (see related print DL*60.3050), a British actor who performed in the three-act farce, The Colonel .

The Colonel tells the story of two imposters trying to get control of another family's fortune. It was written by F. C. Burnand (1836-1917), a British writer and editor of Punch, and based on an earlier drama called The Serious Family by Morris Barnett (1800-1856). It was first produced in London in 1881 and brought to the United States by Eric and Mindha Bayley in 1882. Eric Bayley played the role of Edward Langton and Mindha performed as a character named Olive.

This lithograph was produced by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, which was founded by William H. Forbes (ca 1836-1915). He immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England in 1848. Forbes became an apprentice in the lithography business while still a boy and established William H. Forbes and Company in Boston in 1861. The firm expanded to become Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company in 1875 with hundreds of employees and offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, and London. During World War II, the company became a major printer of allied military currency but went out of business later in the 20th century.

Date Made: n.d.

Maker: Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: FlowersTheater


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.3054Catalog Number: 60.3054Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 23 in x 19 in; 58.42 cm x 48.26 cm


Record Id: nmah_325321

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