Publish'd April 25th 1762.
Mezzotint. 330 x 230mm (13 x 9"). Trimmed to plate at bottom. Slight creasing.
Hannah Pritchard (née Vaughan) (1711-68), actress and singer, seated with a book upright in her lap. Her lengthy career included working with Garrick at Drury Lane, when she was held as the best Lady Macbeth of the age. Cast as Irene in the first production of Samuel Johnson's 'Mahomet and Irene' (1749), her acting as she was being strangled in the finale led the audience to scream 'murder' and stop the show. Johnson had to rewrite the ending, and seems never to have forgiven Mrs. Pritchard for his misfortune.
CS 146, state iii of iii.
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