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- Object: Joys of the drama! Or an audience with the fairy muse.
Below the title: 'The Dramatis Personae—Prince Prettiman. Jack the Giant Killer. Puss in Boots and the Muse, of the Modern Drama—'. Skeffington kneels in profile to the right, holding out two (?) books to Mother Shipton who sits between two grotesque dragons, one being the 'Dragon of Wantley'; these again are flanked by 'Gog' (right) and 'Magog', the Guildhall giants, the former holding shield and spear, the latter a spiked ball slung from a pole. Skeffington is presented to the 'Fairy Muse' by Jack the Giant Killer, a tiny figure in quasi-Roman armour, and Puss in Boots, a giant cat on its hindlegs and wearing jack-boots, who stand one on each side of him. On the ground between Skeffington and the dragons are papers inscribed 'Grd Ballet', 'Comedy', and 'Epilogue'. Two huge butterflies are above Skeffington's head. He wears a tail-coat, stock, and shirt-frill, with knee-breeches and pumps. Above the 'Muse': 'Mother Shipton[:] Shakespeare? fiddle d'dee, Ben Johnson, Nobody. Farquhar, Congreve and Murphy, bores; complete bores'. A lowered stage-curtain forms a background.
15 September 1810
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 368 millimetres (cropped)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
A satire on the favourite theme of the neglect of good plays, cf. No. 10796, &c., and on Skeffington, as the purveyor of fairy-tales, e.g. the 'Sleeping Beauty', see No. 10455.
Coloured impression, 'Caricatures', x. 181.
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