[ George Grossmith and the Bridgnorth Institute, Shropshire. ] Printed poster advertising the postponement of Grossmith's lecture 'Humorous Lecture on Lecturing'.
Printed in black on one side of a piece of 37.5 x 25 cm. paper. In fair condition, aged and lightly worn, but with some fraying and closed tears at head. A poster laid out in the customary Victorian fashion, with a mixture of types and point sizes. Begins: 'Bridgnorth Institute | Assembly Room. | Postponement of Lecture. | The Committee regret to announce that owing to a prior engagement, made during Mr. Grossmith's absence in Ireland, by that gentleman's agent in London, the "Humorous Lecture on Lecturing," Arranged for the 30th of October, is unavoidably postponed till Friday, November 8th. When Mr. Grossmith will arrive from London specially to fulfil his engagement.' This is followed by 'Opinions of the Press' ('in reference to the Entertainment in question'), including a reference from the Birmingham Journal to Grossmith's 'astounding mimetic power', and another from 'Punch, in reference to the Derby of 1868.' Grossmith would appear to have begun to perform his lecture in 1867, and it was a staple of his (no doubt with modifications) until at least the 1880s. No other copy of this ephemeral item traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.