Anthony Leigh or the Spanish Fryar
Mezzotint, sheet 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate; faint crease upper left.
Portrait of comedian Anthony Leigh (d. 1692), in the role of the 'Spanish Friar' in Dryden's eponymous tragi-comedy. Leigh was popular with Charles II and the public, and played the friar in 1681-2, although the play was subsequently forbidden by James II. Charles, Earl of Dorset, commissioned Kneller to paint Leigh's portrait to commemorate the performance. This plate was first published before 1698 by Smith and John Savage. This impression was published in Josiah Boydell's 'Famous Heads' of 1811 by which time several changes had been made to the plate.
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