Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always Justly, at least act always Greatly. [Mrs. Siddons.]
Hand-coloured etching, 220 x 175mm. 8¾ x 7".
The actress Sarah Siddons (1755 - 1831) as Elvira in 'Pizarro'. Her words are from Act III. iii (in Pizarro's tent). She stands with her head turned in profile to the left, right arm extended in a commanding gesture. She wears a high-waisted, quasi-classical dress, with a long cloak bordered with gold, folds of which are twisted round her left arm Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816), dramatist and politician, adapted August Friedrich Kotzebue's comedy 'Die Sonnenjungfrau and Die Spanier in Peru' as 'Pizarro' to critical acclaim and popular success in 1799 (and became known by satirists as 'Doctor Pizarro'). By Robert Dighton (1752 - 1814).
BM Satires: 9437.
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