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- Object: A peep into Tottenham Street or dillitanti performers in training.
Members of the Pic Nics, see BMSat 9916, &c., practise their parts singly or in pairs. A fat lady (left), probably Lady Buckinghamshire, declaims, facing an elderly man, who looks at her through an eye-glass, his left hand in a huge muff. She says: "Is this the gallant gay Lothario! Heavens how pale." He answers: "Bless your heart my Lady no such a thing - dont you know me, I am my Lord Pic Nic one of the Dillitanti Performers." He is perhaps the Duke of Queensberry. The centre figure is a short and fat little man, full face, open book in right hand, left arm raised. He declaims: "And I myself appear'd their leading God! there's an Alexander the Great for you." He may be intended for Lord Mount Edgcumbe, see BMSat 9916, but does not resemble him. A lank spinsterish woman stands full face, repeating:
'In Vain with tears her loss she may deplore,
In Vain look back, to what she was before,
She sets like Stars, that fall, to rise no more.'
A short plump man, wearing a large cocked hat, says to a tall thin one, looking through an eyeglass, and probably intended for Skeffington: "O Pylades what's life without a freind!" The other answers: "you may call me Pylades or what you please; but I am determin'd to play nothing but Sir John Falstaff!!" In the background (centre) a fat man coaches a weeping young woman: "I will trouble you Ma'am to throw in a few more tears in the last passage." On the right a man and woman rehearse with emphatic gestures. 9 March 1802
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Height: 257 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
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