[Skeggs, in the Character of Seignor Bumbasto]
[Sold by the proprietor M Jackson the corner of Chancery Lane in Fleet Street, & M Skeggs at the Hoop and bunch of Grapes in St. Albans Street.] [n.d. c.1775.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters. 342 x 254mm. 13½ x 10". Trimmed to plate.
Matthew Skeggs, a one-time publican, pictured in one of his burlesque parts in the entertainments known as medley concerts, which were popular in the years 1752-60. These were mainly produced at the Haymarket by Christopher Smart. Walpole reported on the action presumably depicted here, in which 'two or three men intend to persuade you that they play on a broomstick, which is drolly brought in, carefully shrouded in a case, so as to be mistaken for a bassoon, or a bass viol, but they succeed in nothing but the action'. Skeggs retired to Shefford in Bedfordshire, where he was still living in 1772.
CS: 111; Harvard Volume IV. p.73: 1; Lennox-Boyd pp.142-3. For a lettered impression see ref. 8134.
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