Melpomene [graphic].

Published/Created:
[London]
Pubd. Decr. 6th, 1784, by J. Ridgeway, No. 196 Piccadilly, London
[6 December 1784]
Physical Description:
1 print : aquatint with etching & stipple engraving on laid paper ; oval image 33 x 24.3 cm, on sheet 36 x 26 cm
Notes:
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.
Abstract:
"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.
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Topics:
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Harvey, Francis
Riviere & Son
Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831
Language:
English
Genre:
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1784
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1784
Stipple engravings -- England -- London -- 1784
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Call Number:
784.12.06.01+
Orbis Record:
7671547
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr05651
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10727913
PID:
digcoll:553031