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- Object: Three tickets of Admission to Sir W.W.Wynne's Theatre at Wynnstay
 'H. Bunbury Esqr del.'
Punch (left) points to a large butt or tun inscribed 'WYNNSTAY', from the top of which hang comic masks which encircle its upper circumference; in his right hand is a stick with an ass's head. On the right side of the butt are three figures: Mother Shipton, humpbacked with a profile like Punch's; a demon or satyr, who looks from behind the cask; and a small man or boy, perhaps Tom Thumb.
 'View of the Theatre at Wynnstay. I. Evans Esqr del'
A view of the theatre is framed by a curtain held up (left) by Comedy and right by Tragedy. The façade has the date '1782'.
 'Wynnstay. H. Bunbury Esqr del.'
Amateur actors and actresses dance in a circle round a high pedestal supporting a bust of (?) Shakespeare. They include a Falstaff leering at a lady in Elizabethan dress, a man wearing a tall leek in his hat (? Fluellen), and a French military officer with long queue and cavalier's boots. 1 February 1786
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 134 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The theatre was built in 1782 by John Evans, Esq. 'European Magazine', xii. 363.
For Bunbury and Wynnstay theatricals see letter in Anderdon Bequest iii, No. 67 (Print Room), with another Wynnstay Theatre ticket engraved by Walker, after Bunbury, from the 'European Magazine', xii. 363 (Nov. 1787): 'Publish'd by J. Sewell, Cornhill 1786'. See also BMSat 7069. Wynnstay was the seat of Sir W. W. Wynn, the leading squire of N. Wales. For private theatricals cf. BMSat 7215.
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