Skeggs, In the Character of Seignor Bumbasto.
Sold by the proprietors M. Jackson the corner of Bride Court, in fleetstreet, & M. Skeggs at the Hoop and bunch of Grapes in St Albans Street. [London, c.1752.]
Mezzotint, rare. Sheet 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate.
Portrait of Matthew Skeggs (d.1773), proprietor of the Hoop and Bunch of Grapes (a public house in St Albans Street). He also performed in a burlesque called 'Mother Midnight's Oratorio' at the Haymarket, in which he 'played' a concerto on a broomstick, making the sound of the instrument with his mouth. Horace Walpole saw the 'Oratorio' in 1752, calling it the 'lowest buffoonery in the world'.
Chaloner Smith: 111, iii of iii. For a proof impression see ref. 7806. Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36408] £280.00