Published as the act Directs July 1st 1779
Mezzotint, good first state impression with very large margins; platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Slight paper tone.
George Mattocks (1734/5-1804), singer and theatre manager. Initially a singer in Covent Garden and the provinces, Mattocks leased the Portsmouth theatre in 1771 and the following year leased the newly built Theatre Royal in Liverpool alongside the Covent Garden prompter Joseph Younger. They also took a twenty-one-year lease on the Manchester theatre in 1775 and Mattocks became involved with a Birmingham theatre in 1779. Mattocks concentrated on management but began to lose singing roles in London to younger performers, and in 1784 moved with his wife, singer and actress Isabella Mattocks, to the north of England. Younger died that year, leaving Mattocks in sole charge of the Liverpool and Manchester theatres, sustaining heavy losses. Isabella returned to performing in London and George was declared bankrupt in 1788 after which he worked in administrative positions at other theatres. 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: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS ii/iii. For Isabella Mattocks see refs 36671-2
[Ref: 36676] £240.00