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If Cruikshank's illustration was a reprimand, two sets of illustrations by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne) from the Illustrated London News of 1848 25 Boxing Day 2S and the Illustrated Times of 1855 emphasized pleasure and communality. In the 1848 illustration (lllus. 3) the gallery audience are certainly eating and imbibing and there is one fight in progress, but this audience seem to be largely focused on the entertainment on offer and one gets the impression that they are enjoying themselves. This is generally true of the audiences in the pit and boxes, which clearly include a number of families with children.
26. 27. 28. 29. 30. be supporting the roof with their heads. The audience's behaviour was fine except for certain occupants of a box who 'dressed as gentlemen, behaved as ruffians. These cads sat on the front of the box and pelted the orange-peel until they were suddenly pounced upon by an official, and, after a scuffle, thrown out into the street amid universal cheers. ' Era, 31 December 1871. Era, 29 December 1861. Protests that were not specific to Christmas sometimes affected Christmas entertainment.
Look at that respectable mechanic; you saw him in the morning as happy as a prince, and almost as fine; he stands leaning against the lamp-post, apparently an idiot. His hat is broken - his coat is tom - his face is bloody - his pockets are empty; not a friend is near, and he is far away from home. It is clear too what he has been about. Come on a few steps further - three policemen are carrying a woman to Bow-street. A hooting crowd follow; she heeds them not, nor cares she that she has lost her bonnet - that her hair streams loosely in the wind - that her gown (it is her Sunday one) is all tom to tatters - or that her person is rudely exposed.
The Performing Century: Nineteenth-Century Theatre’s History by Tracy C. Davis, Peter Holland (eds.)