- Museum number
- Object: Beggar's Opera, Act III
Theatrical scene after Hogarth's painting illustrating Gay's "The Beggar's Opera"; audience members shown seated in boxes to the left and right; a prison interior; in the centre, the character of Macheath, a highwayman, stands in shackles; on either side of him, his wife and lover are kneeling before their respective fathers, pleading for intervention on Macheath's behalf; in the background, a group of male figures (Macheath's gang?); open-letter state. 1790
Etching and engraving
- Production date
Height: 450 millimetres
Width: 574 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a proof impression of this print see 1843,1209.5; 1877, 0609.1794; S,2152.
See 2010,7081.7423 and S,2.153 for key.
Unidentified collector's mark of trefoil leaf.
Printed on a sheet of paper laid down onto another sheet.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 Jan-Apr, USA, Berkeley AM, Hogarth and his Times
1998 Jun-Aug, Ottawa, NGC, Hogarth and his Times
1998 Sep-Nov, USA, NY, Columbia Univ, Hogarth and his Times
- Associated titles
Associated Title: The Beggar's Opera
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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