Madame Vestris, Miss P Glover, Mr Williams & Mr Liston in the Comedy of Paul Pry."Phoebe._ No one shall enter this room. We stand upon our honour; and if you doubt my young lady's, what is to become of mine, I should like to know? Paul Pry._ I can't possibly say Mrs. Phoece, but I would advise you to look well after it, for I protest, there he is."
Printed by J. Lahee. Published July 1, 1828, by Moon, Boys & Graves, 6 Pall Mall.
Mezzotint on india paper, open letter state; 530 x 405mm. 20¾ x 16". Small marginal tears.
Group portrait in character of four well-known stage performers including John Liston (1776? - 1846), the famous comedian, as the titular character in John Poole's 'Paul Pry', first performed at the Haymarket Theatre in 1825. It had one of the most successful runs since Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', and Liston was reputedly paid £100 per week during the original run. Such was the character's enduring popular appeal that 'Paul Pry' became a tag used for any very inquisitive person. After George Clint (British, 1770 - 1854) self-taught artist whose breakthrough with a print of the Kemble family after Harlow opened the door to numerous portrait commissions from the acting world. He became an ARA in 1821, but resigned when passed over as full RA.
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