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National Trust Property at Nymans Handcross Gilbert & Sullivan Exhibition at Nymans

Until 3rd January 2016

Gilbert was a friend of the Messels and the exhibition, in the mansion together with displays in the grounds trace this friendship  with the help of artefacts loaned by our Chairman Melvyn Tarran and text boards.


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1197-101  Topsy-Turvy cake and the Sorcerer’s ‘Love Potions   1197-106
in the Restaurant

1197-110  sinking galleon on the lawn

1197-114   Embroidered bag belonging to Lady Gilbert

1197-115   Oars props from the 'Gondoliers'.

1197-124+125   Opera Company Poster

1197-119   Opera Company Prompt Book

1197-134   WS Gilbert’s evening whiskey jug

1197-118   'Patience' teapot

1197-137   Costumes from, left, the Mikado designed by Charles Ricketts and, right Bruno Santini’s for Iolanthe 1977.

1197-126   Beefeater uniform and chopping block prop from ‘Yeomen of the guard'.

1197-120   Fans from Savoy Hotel given to the cast of a D'Oyly Carte production and a conductor's baton belonging to Isidore Goddfrey.

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1197-129   Society Committee Member, Richard Nixon with
his painting of a lemur

1197-116   knitted Lemur 'Adam' by the exhibition's curator.

1197-130   Richard Nixon
painting of a lemur

Sir W S Gilbert was very fond of animals both conventional and exotic including lemurs ‘Paul’ and ‘Adam’.

 Image by John Cannon