- Museum number
- Object: Mr. Bensley in the character of Pierre.
Illustration to Lowndes' New English Theatre; scene with the actor playing the character from Thomas Otway's 'Venice Preserv'd'; full-length, wearing unbuttoned coat, scarf tied at waist and short wig, his feet manacled, standing turned slightly to left with right leg forward, head turned to right and looking back at a man who approaches imploringly from right, whom he holds back with his outstretched arm at the other's throat; another man standing at left with a sword in his belt, a pike over his shoulder, holding Bensley's chains, which Bensley also grasps with his right hand; two others standing behind, also with pikes; in panelled interior. 1776
Etching with engraving and some stipple
- Production date
Height: 174 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 103 millimetres (cropped)
- Curator's comments
- Bensley made his debut at Drury Lane Theatre in this role, on 25th November 1765 (see K. A. Burnim and P. H. Highfill Jr., 'John Bell, patron of British theatrical portraiture' (Carbondale, Illinois, 1998), cat. 107).
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Venice Preserv'd
Associated Title: New English Theatre
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