|Sheet Music Cover|
Mid Nineteenth Century
The George Speaight Archive
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Our Mr. Punch inspired many a composer, it seems, and, similarly, he has appeared on a host of sheet music covers. Here’s one such cover for “Le Petit Carnaval” a “quadrille facile,” depicting Mr. Punch among a group of people at a carnival in a tent.
I imagine that Punch would rather enjoy a carnival, and, this is a rather posh carnival in a heavily draped tent, festooned with garlands of flowers and hung with a brilliant chandelier. The attendees, aside from the clowns, and, of course, Mr. Punch, are attired in court dress. Punch is greeting an elegant young lady.