Pub.d as the Act Directs March 1st 1780 by W. Richardson No. 68 High Holborn
Mezzotint, good impression with very large margins; platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Uncut; glued to backing sheet along left corners.
Elizabeth Pope (née Younge) (1739x45-1979), actress. She joined David Garrick's company at Drury Lane, where she made her debut in 1768 and spent most of her career (except for brief spells in Dublin, Bristol and the rival Covent Garden theatre as the result of pay disputes). She continued to act in provincial cities during the summers, however, and met her husband, the Irish artist and actor Alexander Pope (1763-1835) while acting in Ireland. While not among the greats of either tragedy or comedy, Pope was a versatile performer and Garrick seemed to have much affection for her. She died in 1797 shortly after withdrawing from a new theatrical role due to illness. From a set of small mezzotint portraits of actresses and singers, published by the printseller William Richardson in 1780, apparently to follow up a similar set of actor portraits published the previous year. Engraved 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.
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