Etching of Sheridan Knowles as William Tell

Etching of Sheridan Knowles as William Tell

This is one of a set of 19 tinsel pictures of stage and theatre scenes. Tinsel prints were created from etched portraits of theatrical stars in popular roles they played on the London stage. They were hand-painted in watercolour and decorated with scraps of material and tinsel. They were popular during the first half of the 19th century and were considered an adult rather than a child's hobby. By the 1830s it was possible to buy the tinsel, leather and feather ornaments to go with each image.