Published as the act Directs July 10th 1779 by W.m Richardson No.68 High Holborn
Mezzotint with thread margins, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½").
James William Dodd (c.1740-1796), actor. Dodd became a strolling player aged sixteen, and acted in Sheffield, Norfolk and Bath before Garrick recruited him for his Drury Lane company in 1765. Dodd was to remain at Drury Lane for the next thirty years, and while he never challenged Tom King as the principal comedian of the company, he was respected by audiences and colleagues. More problematic was his private life: his indiscretions with Covent Garden actress Mary Bulkley caused scandal and his fledgling attempts at management were jeopardised by his rudeness and attempts to seduce young actresses. Physically Dodd was very small, and described as having a 'white, calf-like stupid face'. 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 1 iii/iii.
[Ref: 36694] £160.00