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Gilbert and Sullivan, the theatrical partnership of the librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). The two men collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, of which H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado are among the best known.

Librettist W. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan Their operettas have enjoyed enduring popularity all over the world.

‘The story of The Mikado’ told by Sir W. S. Gilbert; illustrated by Alice B. Woodward. Published 1921 by Daniel O’Connor, London.

‘The story of The Mikado’ told by Sir W. Published 1921 by Daniel O’Connor, London.

By the sad sea waves, Broadway poster, 1898

By the sad sea waves, Broadway poster, 1898

Color lithograph print published by Currier and Ives of Geraldine Ulmar as Yum-Yum (center), Kate Forester as Pitti-Sing (right) and Geraldine St. Maur as Peep-Bo (left) in the 1885 authorized American production of "The Mikado." Based on a Falk photograph. From the collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

Color lithograph print published by Currier and Ives of Geraldine Ulmar as Yum-Yum (center), Kate Forester as Pitti-Sing (right) and Geraldine St. Maur as Peep-Bo (left) in the 1885 authorized American production of "The Mikado." Based on a Falk photograph. From the collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

Player's Cigarettes "Gilbert & Sullivan" (A series of 50 issued in Ralph Rackstraw ~ HMS Pinafore

Illustration by American artist James Edward Kelly (1855-1933) reproduced in the "Patience" souvenir program commemorating the 250th performance of "Patience" at the Savoy Theatre in London, which occurred simultaneously with the 100th performance of the authorized "Patience" production at the Standard Theater in New York on December 29, 1881. The illustration depicts the American cast: Llewellyn Cadwaladr as the Duke (center) with dragoons and a maiden in the Act One fnale.

Illustration by American artist James Edward Kelly (1855-1933) reproduced in the "Patience" souvenir program commemorating the 250th performance of "Patience" at the Savoy Theatre in London, which occurred simultaneously with the 100th performance of the authorized "Patience" production at the Standard Theater in New York on December 29, 1881. The illustration depicts the American cast: Llewellyn Cadwaladr as the Duke (center) with dragoons and a maiden in the Act One fnale.

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