Sunday, January 12, 2014

Drawing of the Day: Whoa! The Animals, c. 1898

Whoa!  The Animals
Francis, Day & Hunter, c. 1898
The Victoria and Albert Museum

Here we see a sheet music cover for “Whoa! The Animals.” The song was written and composed by A.J. Mills (1872-1919) with Frank W. Carter. This printing was published by Francis, Day & Hunter, circa 1898. The company, on the reverse, lists other comic songs in their catalog.

The front piece is printed with a background of pale blues and greens with the title a gold oval with a gold border. From behind this, a group of animals, including: a pig, a lion, a tiger, a hippo and a nasty snake, look out. The snake’s tongue reaches for the tall hat of a gent who is most likely meant to represent the singer of the song, one Frank Coyne.

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