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Greenwich Fair with Richardson's booth; Richardson's show on a stage at right, with actors, actresses and acrobats, women playing music at left, a crowd standing before it, including figures on horseback, in the foreground a group picnicking, beyond a gipsy telling fortunes and a Jewish pedlar selling trinkets
Pen and brown and grey ink, with grey wash and watercolour
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Height: 423 millimetres
Width: 548 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 'Richardson's Show' (part of this composition) was etched by the artist and published in 'Rowlandson's World in Miniature', 1816, pl. 14. The watercolour of the composition, bearing a signature and the date 1811 was sold as part of the Forbes Collection, Christie's 20 February 2003, lot 187. The drawing and print show only the stage from the BM composition, but from a slightly different perspective, so that it is shown square on to the viewer; all the figures on the stage are the same, as are some, but not all, of the audience on the ground.
John Richardson (1767-1827) was a celebrated showman, whose dramatic entertainments were among the principal features of Bartolomew and Greenwich Fairs, and in quality of production often rivalled those of the London theatres. A number of actors and actresses who later made great names for themselves (including Edmund Kean) began their careers with Richardson.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1949 Jul-Sep, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever AG, 'Art and the theatre', no.186
1955 BM, [Theatre exhibition], no.22
1964 Dec-May, BM, 'Hogarth', no. 172
1975 Aug-Oct, Hayward, 'The Georgian Playhouse', no. 321
1981 May-Aug, Castle Museum, Notts, 'English Watercolours'
1991 Jan-Mar, Cleveland MA, Ohio, 'BM English Watercolours', no. 32
1991 Mar-Jun, N Carolina MA, 'BM English Watercolours', no. 32
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Associated Title: Rowlandson's World in a Minature
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