Roxalana. Mrs. Abbington in that Character, in the Sultan.Sultan (alone) "She's not handsome, that is, what is call'd a beauty; get her little nose" "cock'd in the air, her laughing eyes, & the play of her features, have an". "effect altogether:_Who is it that lifts the curtain there?" Roxalana __ "Tis I". __
London, Publish'd Feby. 1. 1791, by J. Thane, Rupert Street, Hay Market.
A fine stipple and etching. Plate 285 x 210mm. 11¼ x 8¼". Foxing.
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 13807 for printed colour version.
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