Mr. Shuter, Mr. Beard & Mr. Dunstall, in the characters of Justice Woodcock, Hawthorn & Hodge. Love in a Village_Act 1st. Scene, 6.th.
Publish'd March 1:st 1768. Sold by Mr. Zoffany in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Mr. Finlayson in Berwick Street, Soho, and Mr. Parker at No. 82, in Cornhill.
Mezzotint. 457 x 554mm. 18 x 21¾". Trimmed inside the platemark on 3 sides. Slight creasing below Zoffany pinx.t
Whole-lengths, standing, Shuter, on the left, beats time to Beard, singing, with his right arm raised, at his feet is a dog; to the right is Dunstall, holding his hat in his hand, listening. Behind them on a table is a rifle, and on the wall is a painting of the 'Judgement of Solomon'. Edward Shuter (c.1728-1776), John Dunstall (d.1778), John Beard (c.1716-1791) in Love in a Village, the ballad opera composed and arranged by Thomas Arne. The English libretto, by Isaac Bickerstaffe, is based on Charles Johnson's 1729 play 'The Village Opera'. Arne's version was premiered at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden on 8 December 1762.
CS: 14. From Broadlands the Palmerston family.
[Ref: 27516] £480.00