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- Object: Foote, the devil and Polly Patterns
This illustrates 'The Puppet Shew, ... or, A dialogue between Foote, Geo. Alexander Stevens, Harlequin and Polly Pattens', the scene being the Green Room just after the audience had left the theatre. Two of the figures are puppets, with strings attached to their hands and legs; a man full-face, holding his hat, stands stiffly on the extreme left. and Polly Pattens, the housemaid, in mob-cap and long skirts in profile to the right. Between them stands Harlequin, club in hand, hat in the other, showing off the puppets.
The Devil in the form of a satyr, holding a trident, points at Foote (r.), who stands in profile to the left. facing his puppets; behind him is Punch. A curtain is festooned above the figures. 1 March 1773
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Height: 110 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 175 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
From the 'Macaroni and Theatrical Magazine', i. 211.
A satire on Foote's puppet-play the 'Handsome House-maid or Piety in Pattens', produced in February 1773. The dialogue suggests that Stevens, famous for his lecture on Heads, had a share in the production.
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