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- Object: An Epilogue spoke to a play call'd the Achymist
A satirical calligraphic broadside related to the South Sea Bubble particularly referring to John Law's stay in London in 1721. The text takes the form of an epilogue allegedly spoken after a performance of "The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson; the image shows a stage set with architectural arches leading into a garden, in the middle ground a couple dancing, in the foreground curtains pulled to each side by Scaramouche and Harlequin. Printed from a second plate, engraved title and verses in two columns. (London: )
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Height: 160 millimetres (etching)
Height: 291 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 117 millimetres (etching)
Width: 180 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- According to the manuscript note, this performance of the play took place on 27 October 1721 in Drury Lane. It may or may not have been followed by the spoken epilogue.
The dancers and the figures of Harlequin and Scaramouche are unrelated to the play.
The bold calligraphy suggests that this may be the work of John Bickham, see 1896,0501.1358.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: South Sea Bubble 1721
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