Shylock turnd Macbeth.I see thee yet, inform as palpable/ As that which now I draw ---
Pub by MDarly Nov. 5. 1773. 39. Strand . where any sketch that is fair game will have due Honor shewn.
Etching, 245 x 175mm. 9¾ x 7".
Caricature of Charles Macklin (1699? - 1797) as William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, his dagger held up in his left hand, his head in profile to right. He wears a feathered hat, long hair, and Scottish dress: a large plaid, kilt, bare knees, and tartan stockings, a thistle badge hangs from his neck on a ribbon, a claymore (so-called) hangs at his waist. Macklin appeared on 3rd October 1773 as Macbeth, the part being played for the first time in Scottish dress, before a very hostile audience; they expected to be "spectators of his downfall", thinking his age would not allow him to go through the part to the end. "Lady Macbeth's modern robes by no means accorded with the habits of the other personages, and Mr. Macklin's flowing curls, like the locks of an Adonis, were unpardonably out of character." 'Macaroni and Theatrical Magazine', ii. 8, Oct. 1773. Before this time Macbeth was dressed as a modern military officer. The public treated him with great injustice, and accustomed to see him in comedy, and regarding his Shylock (in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice) as above criticism, refused to accept him in a heroic part. The mob would not be satisfied until Macklin was dismissed. Numbered '19' upper right. From an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates.
BM Satires: 5175.
[Ref: 14083] £240.00