Barnum’s American Museum

Event Information

Barnum's American Museum [JAN 1842-JUL 1865]

Price: $.25; .15 children under 10

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
4 October 2010

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Jun 1863, All Day
16 Jun 1863, All Day
17 Jun 1863, All Day
18 Jun 1863, All Day
19 Jun 1863, All Day
20 Jun 1863, All Day

Program Details

The Quartette: Every morning (11 am) afternoon and evening
The play: Every afternoon (3 pm) and evening (7:45)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Duke's device, I am here; I am here; Bossu, Le; Blanche de Nevers; Petite Parisien, Le


Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 June 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Times, 15 June 1863, 4.
“Barnum has obtained a new version of the French piece whence the ‘Duke’s Motto’ is derived, and will produce it to-day and to-night under the title of the ‘Duke’s Device.’  The four dwarfs have been reengaged, and can be seen at all hours.  They will shortly take their departure for Europe.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 June 1863, 7.
“THE SMALLEST QUARTETTE OF HUMANITY of perfect form and feature, but also INTERESTING AND TALENTED PERFORMERS, They sing, dance, give the Grecian Statues, personate various characters, &c. . . . COM. NUTT AS A COMIC SINGER, and indeed as a COMIC ORATOR AND PERFORMER, has few equals.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 June 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 15 June 1863, 2.
“[T]he four dwarfs will remain for another week, and now a translation from the original of the same piece now performing at Niblo’s, under the title of ‘The Duke’s Device,’ will be represented every afternoon and evening.”
Announcement: New York Post, 15 June 1863.
“Barnum has been forced, without regard to expense, to retain the Thumbs a few days more.  This fact will not, however, divert him from his design of presenting the splendid drama called ‘The Duke’s Device.’”
Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 June 1863, 75.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 June 1863, 12.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 June 1863, 7.

Review: New York Herald, 22 June 1863, 8.
“‘The Duke’s Device’ is drawing large audiences at Barnum’s.”
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 June 1863, 2.
The Duke’s Device is “an effective version of [The Duke’s Motto].”
Review: New York Clipper, 27 June 1863, 83.
“Even Tom Thumb and his wife failed to attract, last week. . . . ‘The Duke’s Device,’ produced here last week, failed to awaken any enthusiasm.”