Pub.d as the Act Directs March 1st 1780 by W. Richardson No. 68 High Holborn
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½").
Jane Pope (1744-1818), actress. Pope's father William was barber and wigmaker for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in Covent Garden, near to which his shop was located. Pope made her adult debut alongside Kitty Clive as part of Garrick's company at Drury Lane, and inherited many of Clive's roles after the elder actress retired. Pope was a reliable comic actress, a talented dancer (until a rapid weight gain led her to abandon dancing) celebrated for the clarity of her speaking voice. Pope retired in 1808, and had amassed sufficient wealth to bequeath significant money and property to her sister Susanna at her death. Engraved after a painting by draughtsman and singer Robert Dighton (1751-1814) by the mezzotint engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836) as part of a series of mezzotints of actresses and singers. Music, instruments and mask (representing theatre) in title area.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 1 iii/iii. For Kitty Clive see ref. 23120
[Ref: 36680] £260.00