- Museum number
- Object: The Green Room Scuffle
Satire on theatrical rivalries set on or behind a theatre stage. Two actresses quarrel, one wearing a very full hooped skirt, the other less extravagantly dressed; a man, wearing a very long wig, stands between them his hands outstretched to keep them apart. To the right, an old man wearing a lank wig, leaning on one stick, holds up another to strike a man who he has apparently knocked to the ground. On the left, three men peering round the wings laughing at the incidents. A curtain is looped across the top of the scene, with a mask in the centre and a ribbon lettered, "Totus Mundus agit Histrionem"; below is the title in letterpress, originally the heading of further text.
- Production date
Height: 156 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 251 millimetres (trimmed to image)
- Curator's comments
- Stephens did not know the subject of this print, and dated it c.1725. But in fact it seems to belong to the 1740s; a satirical verses with the same title appeared in 'The Foundling Hospital for Wit' (1743) giving an account of a clash between Peg Woffington and Kitty Clive, the two leading ladies of the Drury Lane theatre under the management of David Garrick.
For two impressions with satirical verses in the BM see Ee,12.78* and 78**
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 Aug-Dec, London, British Library, 'Theatrical Entertainments'
- Acquisition date
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