Pub.d as the Act Directs March 1st 1780 by W. Richardson No. 68 High Holborn
Mezzotint, rare with very large margins; platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Good impression; glued to backing sheet along left edge at corners. Uncut.
Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam) (1746-1826), actress and singer. Born into a theatrical family, her father Lewis moved to America in 1752, having run into financial difficulties. He took his wife and other children but left Isabella in the care of his sister and her second husband, actor John Barrington. Isabella probably made her stage debut that year, aged five, appearing intermittently on stage until she joined the Covent Garden company aged sixteen, where she spent most of her career. She married the young tenor George Mattocks, who performed alongside her, in 1765. In 1784-6 Mattocks left Covent Garden to work in Liverpool and Manchester where her husband managed theatres, but the enterprises ruined him financially and she subsequently returned to Covent Garden, although she generally returned to Liverpool in the summers. Mattocks retired in 1808. Engraved after a painting by draughtsman and singer Robert Dighton (1751-1814) by the mezzotint engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836). Music, instruments and mask (representing theatre) in title area.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection, and collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 1 iii/iii; for George Mattocks see refs. 36676-7
[Ref: 36670] £240.00