Billy-Button, Master-of-the-Ceremonies, To an Eighteen Penny Rout & Assembly.
Etching with large margins. Sheet 209 x 303mm. 8¼ x 12".
A man standing (whole length) in profile to right. He appears to be bowing, his right hand is held out, his left fingers touch his breast. His profile is grotesque, with a bulbous nose and double chin. His hair is in a club. He wears a laced coat and waistcoat, frilled shirt-sleeves, low buckled shoes, and a sword. Billy Button is a character in Foote's play of 'The Maid of Bath', first played 26 June 1771, the part being taken by Weston. From 'Macaronies, Characters, Caricatures &c', an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates..
BM Satires: 4988.
[Ref: 27982] £140.00