|Sheet Music Cover for Musard's Polichinelle or "The Royal Punchinello Quadrilles"|
The George Speaight Archive
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Polichinelle is the French term for Pulcinella (or Pulcinello), the Italian Commedia dell’Arte character who became known as Punchinello in England, and, then, later Mr. Punch. This 1843 sheet music cover for a group of songs called, “Polichinelle, or, The Royal Punchinello Quadrilles” by Musard (published by R. Cocks & Co.) depicts Mr. Punch with his wife Judy who holds their famed, put-upon baby. As is traditionally the case, the baby’s face is that of his hook-nose, hunch-backed, portly puppet papa.