[London] Pubd. Decr. 6th, 1784, by J. Ridgeway, No. 196 Piccadilly, London [6 December 1784]
[6 December 1784]
1 print : aquatint with etching & stipple engraving on laid paper ; oval image 33 x 24.3 cm, on sheet 36 x 26 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 6712 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 68
Title engraved below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Mythology -- Melpomene (Mythological character) -- Purses of money -- Falling figure of Fame -- Temples: temple of Fame -- Pitchforks -- Symbols: daggers -- Symbols: goblets -- Theater stage. Old Print Shop; March 1961; Acquisition no.: 961-3-1-43. Counter watermark.
"Mrs. Siddons stands on the stage, her head turned in profile to the left, her left hand outstretched to take a heavy purse which hangs on a pitchfork emerging from clouds. To take it she has dropped a dagger which falls to the ground. In her left hand is a cup whose contents she is pouring on the ground. The panniers of her dress fly backwards revealing two bulging pockets, one full of guineas, the other of notes or cheques inscribed '£1000, £300', &c. She is saying: "Famish'd & spent relieving others woe, Your poor devoted Suppliant only begs, This morsel for to buy a bit of Bread." The black clouds of smoke from which the pitchfork projects rise in a pillar of cloud from the pit of the theatre where flames are indicated, from which come the words 'Encore! Encore!' In the background a temple of Fame on a mountain-top is collapsing, the pillars shattered; the figure of Fame falls backward, dropping his trumpet."--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Harvey, Francis Riviere & Son Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1784 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1784 Stipple engravings -- England -- London -- 1784
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