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Mr Follet as the Clown in the Pantomime of Harlequin and Oberon

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  • Title (object)

    • Mr Follet as the Clown in the Pantomime of Harlequin and Oberon
  • Description

    George III, much caricatured, sits in a stage box in profile to the right, goggling delightedly at the clown who sits on the stage immediately facing the King, stuffing the end of a giant (?) carrot into his mouth. Follet rests one foot on the side of the royal box and stares at the King. He wears a striped tunic with a double frill at his neck, breeches, and heavily clocked stockings; on his face are broad black lines. The King holds a telescope to his farther (invisible) eye; his right hand rests on a playbill which hangs over the edge of the box: 'By Command of their Majestys Harlequin and Oberon'. 3 April 1797
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1797
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 248 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, and "Desnd and Etch'd by Rd Newton" and "London Pub by R.Newton Bridges St Covent Garden April 3 1797"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    The pantomime 'Harlequin and Oberon; or, the Chace to Gretna' was first played at Covent Garden in 1796. Baker, 'Biog. Dram.'

  • Bibliography

    • Alexander 1998 243 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 9003 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  3 April 1797  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 3 April 1797 Hand-coloured etching

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