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Printed sheet music with a cover designed by Edmund Blampied

Three pieces of sheet music with a decorated cover by Blampied have been found, all for the same publisher, Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew of London. The company was founded in 1906 and is still active. The piece dated 1911 was probably one of Blampied's first commissions when he was trying to establish himself as an independent artist. The anugular type of signature used is uncommon.

The large pretty covers were designed to attract purchasers in a time when most people listened to songs played on the piano, and may have been quite expensive to print in colours. The price of 1/6d is equivalent to about £7.50 today.

I have looked in the British Library at the sheet music published by Ascherberg's but they submitted copies without the decorated covers, so the library only has the printed music scores.

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Small image of sheet music   Glamour Valse  by Amherst Weber: Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, London (1911)

Small image of sheet music   Fancy Dress Waltz  by Henry Coates: Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, London (1913)

Small image of sheet music   Popular Duets for the Piano by various: George Newnes and Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, London [c 1913]