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Durham mustard too powerfull for Italian capers, or the opera in an uproar

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  • Title (object)

    • Durham mustard too powerfull for Italian capers, or the opera in an uproar
  • Description

    The Bishop of Durham strides across the footlights on to the stage, his left foot on the shoulder of one of the orchestra below. He wears a mitre and holds his crosier in both hands, as if to attack four danseuses holding garlands of roses who pirouette derisively. He says: "Avaunt the Satan, I fear the not assume whatever shape or form thou wilt I am determined to lay the thou black Fiend." The heads of some of the orchestra appear behind his left leg. A profile head on the extreme left says "Thats right down with them". Against the wall (left) are a carved satyr and a playbill: 'The Divil of a Lover - Hes much tlame' [to blame] and 'Peeping Tom' (by O'Keefe, 1784). The first was a musical farce played once only on 17 Mar. 1798, the second was first played on 13 Feb. 1798. Genest, vii. 360, 361. c.March 1798
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1798 (?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 354 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "London by J. Mc Quire Burr St Liecester Square"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    For Barrington and opera dancers see BMSat 9297, &c. Reissued by Tegg in 1807.

    (Supplementary information)
    The print was reissued in 1807 by Thomas Tegg of 111 Cheapside (see 1851,0901.903).


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9300 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  ?1798  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). ?1798 Hand-coloured etching

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