Feb 25, 2010 - Sale 2204

Sale 2204 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 1,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER. Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly. Broadside theatre advertisement for H.J. Conway's production, 18x7-1/2 inches, 3 inch closed tear bottom right; paper toned with a couple of darker spots. Boston: H.J. Conway, circa 1852

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a rare theatre broadside for one of the earliest theatrical versions of mrs. stowe's novel. H. J. Conway's dramatization of Stowe's novel began running at the Boston Museum in November 1852 -- less than two months after Aiken's version first appeared on stage in Troy, New York. In November 1853, four months after the Aiken company moved to Manhattan and began its phenomenal run at the National Theatre, P. T. Barnum brought Conway's version to his American Museum, where for several months it competed nightly with the show at the National. Conway's version was also very popular with audiences, both in Boston (where it played for over 200 nights) and in New York. However, Boston critics attacked it as both too much like a minstrel show and too unfair to the slave-holding South. When it opened at The American Museum, the New York Tribune condemned it as "a mere burlesque negro performance" that made a travesty of Stowe's moral argument. In response, Barnum made some revisions to the script, especially in the auction scene in Act 4.