The Klondyke Nugget

Made:
1900-1903 in Birmingham

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One of Two chromolithographic posters advertising SF Cody's 'Klondyke Nugget' Wild West Show, [c.1900]. ie: John
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One of Two chromolithographic posters advertising SF Cody's 'Klondyke Nugget' Wild West Show, [c.1900]. ie: John
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Chromolithographic poster advertising S.F. Cody's 'Klondyke Nugget' Wild West Show, produced by Moody Bros. Birmingham 1900-1903. Title reads ‘John Bull's Advice. See the Klondyke Nugget!’ in scroll above a group of actors in costume with John Bull in Union Jack waistcoat at centre. The surrounding figures ape a number of national and racial stereotypes include Samuel Cody with a kangaroo at far left, a Scotsman in blue tartan with his hand on Bull’s shoulder and a Native American warrior to far right. ‘Moody Bros. Birmingham’ bottom right.

The Klondyke Nugget was a popular nineteenth-century stage play written and performed by Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913). He was born in Texas as Samuel Franklin Cowdery, but later changed his last name to profit on the fame of Buffalo Bill Cody. He began his career in the Forepaugh Wild West Show. He travelled throughout the United States with his own Wild West troupe and then to England with his autobiographical play, The Klondyke Nugget which was based on his claim of having prospected for gold near Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. The play apparently toured in the British Isles between around 1898 and 1904. Cody starred in the play along with his second wife and her son. Cody later achieved fame as an aviator when he was the first man to conduct a powered flight in England. He also created kites that were used for artillery spotting in World War I.

The Science Museum Group collections include three copies of this poster, this one unmarked and two with stickers for specific British performances. The others are 2019-137 and 2019-138.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1996-289
type:
poster
credit:
Sotheby's (New Bond St.)

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