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- Object: Behold the muses Roscius sue in vain, taylor and carpenters usurp their reign
Illustration from title-page to 'The Theatres', a poem, see BMSat 5064. Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy (l.) and two artisans or theatre carpenters (r.). On the right. a man with a Jewish profile smiling, holds out a paper inscribed "Processions for Ever"; from his pocket hangs a paper, "To Mr Messiah, Drury Lane Mechanist". Garrick holds in his right. hand a paper inscribed "Arthur's Round Table", his left hand points to "Processions for Ever". He is trampling on papers inscribed, "S . . . pear", "B. John . . . [sic]", "Rowe", and ". . . pear"; letterpress cropped from this impression. 1772
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Height: 132 millimetres
Width: 161 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
A note by Mr. Hawkins says that the poem (the first part of which is on Garrick and Drury Lane) attacks Garrick for his jealousy and ill-treatment of actors, illiberal conduct to authors, and neglect of the higher drama for spectacles and processions. This neglect had long been a stock subject of complaint. See BMSat 1838 ("Shakespear, Rowe, Johnson, now are quite undone . . ."), an illustration to 'Cibber's Dissertation on Theatres', 1759. Garrick had altered Dryden's 'King Arthur or the British Worthy', and produced it at Drury Lane as a splendid spectacle.
The figures of Garrick, Tragedy and Comedy are taken from Reynolds's famous painting (Mannings 700), see 1868,0822.2099 and other reproductive prints.
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