Sold by John Heney at Mr Gay's Head, Tavestock Street. [n.d., 1728.]
Mezzotint. 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 10"). Thread margins, small tears, cellotape glue stains.
John Gay (1685-1732), poet and playwright. A member of the Scriblerus Club in London along with Pope, Swift, and other writers, Gay is best-known for 'The Beggar's Opera', which was produced almost every year until the 1880s, and in the twentieth century supplied the plot for Brecht and Weils 'Die Dreigroschenoper' ('The Threepenny Opera'). Francis Kyte was convicted of forging a banknote in 1725, after which he sometimes Latinised his name to Milvus.
NPG D19056; CS 2. Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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