New reading, or, Shakspeare improved [graphic] : humbly dedicated to the keen critic of Drury Lane by a poor author.
[London] Pubd. by Thos. Tegg, No. 111 Cheapside, London 
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 38 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 9, no. 13366
Title etched below image. Printmaker and date of publication from British Museum catalogue. Plate numbered "347" in upper right corner. Plate from: Woodward, G.M. Caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror. London : Thomas Tegg, [1808?], v. 5. Also issued separately. Sheet trimmed to plate mark on two sides. Temporary local subject terms: Hobbies -- Reference to: Richmond, John Plantagenet, Earl of, 1340-1372. Leverhulme-Auchincloss, vol. xvi, p. 31.
"Kean as Richard III, in the usual costume of the part, see British Museum Satires No. 12325, &c., postures on Bosworth Field with drawn sword and declaims: "Methins [sic] there be six Richmonds in the field; five have I kill'd to day instead of him;!!! A Hobby! A Hobby my Kingdom for A Hobby!!!" Behind him (right) is a knight (? Catesby) holding erect a velocipede or hobbyhorse (see British Museum Satires No. 13399, &c.). He says: "Here my Liege! Here's a swift Hobby will convey you from the feild as fast as your legs will permit." He wears a helmet with horse's tail, corslet, trunk-hose, and flat strapped shoes. In the distance (left) the battle rages; men fight or flee on velocipedes. The ground is strewn with shattered velocipedes and the debris of battle."--British Museum online catalogue.
New reading, or, Shakespeare improved Shakspeare improved
Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830 [Printmaker] Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845 [Publisher]
Bicycles & tricycles Bucke, Charles, 1781-1846 Johnstone, Henry Arthur Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833 Richard II, King of England, 1367-140
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1819 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1819
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