A Christmas Entertainment

Nineteen Image 7

A Christmas Entertainment, presented in sign language for the deaf and dumb, at the Hanover Square rooms, London. Wood engraving, published in Illustrated London News (Wellcome Library, London

The two engravings above depict a hearing person declaiming in front of a deaf audience. A clergyman, the Rev Samuel Smith interprets. However the audience appear to be more interested in signing to each other than to watching the entertainment!