Printed by Dean & Munday. [London, c.1835.]
Lithograph on india laid paper, sheet 375 x 275mm. 14¾ x 10¾".
A participant in a Venice masked ball as Scaramouche. Scaramuccia, also known as Scaramouche, is a stock character in 17th century Italian farce. He is usually portrayed as a buffoon or boastful clown (in this latter capacity he can be considered a smaller derivative of Il Capitano). The character was invented by a 17th century Italian actor, Tiberio Fiorilli. By Alfred Henry Forrester, best known under the name of Alfred Crowquill (1804 - 1872). In 1822 Forrester wrote for the Hive and in 1823 for the Mirror. He next applied himself to the study of drawing and modelling, as well as to wood and steel engraving. He was also the writer of burlesques, drew pantomimic extravaganzas for the pictorial papers, and exhibited pen-and-ink sketches in the miniature room of the Royal Academy in 1845 and 1846. For a time he contributed sketches to ‘Punch,’ where his work will be found in vols. ii. iii. and iv., and then went over to the ‘Illustrated London News’ as a member of the literary and pictorial staff. As a writer and illustrator of his own writings he was very popular; upwards of twenty works came from his pen, many of them being children's books. For some years the London pantomimes were indebted to him for designs, devices, and effects. In 1851 he modelled a statuette of the Duke of Wellington, which he produced a fortnight before the duke's death and presented to Queen Victoria and the allied sovereigns. At the time when he originally started as an artist there was not much competition, and he consequently found constant work. His works have enjoyed a considerable amount of popularity.
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