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- Object: Veluti in speculum
The proscenium of a small theatre is suggested by an archway over which is the accustomed motto, forming the title. On the front of the stage a very fat lady (left) and a thin man (right) in Elizabethan or early Stuart dress advance to meet each other with outstretched hands. Beneath the design is etched:
"Fore Gad that Caecilia 's a charming young Woman !
Were you Miss Larolles at the Play at Ham-Common ?" 26 April 1784
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 217 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The figures are identified in a contemporary hand as Mrs. Hobart and Mr. Bradshaw. Mrs. Hobart had a villa on Ham Common which she called 'Sans Souci', where she gave fêtes and amateur theatricals. Walpole, 'Letters', xii. 26, 365; xv. 1, 117. Miss Larolles, a character in Fanny Burney's 'Cecilia', is a young and lively lady to be impersonated by the fat Mrs. Hobart. Cf. BMSat 7737.
The manner resembles that of drawings by Townshend.
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