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- Object: A private rehearsal of Jane Shore.
A stout and ugly lady holding out a book gesticulates and rants in the name-part of Rowe's tragedy. On each side of the room three persons sit facing each other on high-backed chairs; a man and woman (left) yawn violently, the man stretching his arms above his head. On the right a young man flirts with a good-looking young woman; next him a stout elderly man sits asleep. A foot-boy bringing in a coal-scuttle drops coals; a servant negligently spills the contents of a tray of tankards which he hands to a lady (left), looking over his shoulder at the actress. At the back of the room a man sits with closed eyes behind a table on which is a large book. Behind him is a bookcase up which a monkey has climbed and is throwing down books. The actress stands before a massive chimney-piece (right) on which is a large clock with a grotesque figure of Time and figures of Shakespeare and (?) Rowe. 1 February 1790
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 324 millimetres
Width: 444 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Photograph (much reduced) of an engraving.
A satire on the fashion for private theatricals and on the maltreatment of Rowe's tragedy. The actress is perhaps Mrs. Hobart, an ardent amateur Performer. Cf. BMSat 6713.
Original water-colour, dated 1788, in Print Room (11 1/2 x 17 1/4 in.).
(George described this plate from a photograph: an impression of the original was subsequently acquired in 1991).
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