Roxalana.Mrs. Abbington in that Character, in the Sultan.
London, Publish'd Feby. 1. 1791, by J. Thane, Rupert Street, Hay Market.
Stipple and etching, printed in colours. 285 x 210mm. 11¼ x 8¼". Some mount burn. Unexamined out of frame.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) in character as Roxalana, an English slave in Isaac Bickstaffe's play 'The Sultan; or A Peep into the Seraglio' She is, as a contemporary newspaper reported, 'in the act of drawing the Curtain when she surprises the sultan in his retirement'. Mrs Abington was rumoured to have spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. After Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792).
Hamilton: pg.77, iii of iii. See 10597 & 10601.
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