Historic Exhibition Catalogues
Marie Tussaud was a pioneer of the modern exhibition catalogue, as these examples show
- Unlike today’s museum catalogues, filled with essays and supplementary content about the objects, most exhibition catalogues being produced in the early 1800s were fairly simple, providing basic descriptive exhibit and object lists. Madame Tussaud’s catalogues on the other hand contained a wealth of information about each of her exhibits, from biographies of sitters to lengthy accounts of historical events.
- It was Marie’s aim that the exhibition be as educational as it was entertaining, and that each person learnt something new with their visit.
- The archive contains copies of Madame Tussaud’s exhibition catalogues dating from 1803, when Marie first came to England, to the present day. The catalogues shown here date from 1892, 1897 and 1903, and were written by well-known author of the time George Augustus Sala. They reflect a period where the catalogue cover illustrations became highly decorative and colourful.