Thalia._ Mrs Abington.
Published as the Act directs, 20 Aug. 1783, by S. Watts, No.3 Featherstone Buildings, Holborn: London.
Stipple and etching with some colour added by hand, 270 x 210mm. 10½ x 8¼". Margins a little cropped, else good.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) as Thalia, in classical dress with long billowing scarf, about to crown a bust of Shakespeare on a pedestal, with a laurel wreath. She holds up a comic mask in her right hand; behind her a tree, pipes tied to a branch, a tambourine and shepherd's crook on the ground lower left. According to Classical mythology, Thalia was one of the nine Muses, particularly associated with comedy and pastoral poetry; she is often depicted holding a mask. Mrs Abington was rumoured to have spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. After Richard Cosway (1742 - 1821).
De Vesme: 1036. Harvard p.8, 49. Daniell: 1.
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