Published as the act Directs July 10th 1779 by W.m Richardson No.68 High Holborn
Mezzotint, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Small margins; glued to backing sheet; m.s. in ink verso.
Richard Wroughton (real name Richard Rotten) (1748-1822), actor and theatre manager. Wroughton made his debut at Covent Garden in 1768, staying there until an argument with management led to the familiar defection to Drury Lane. Wroughton briefly retired between 1798 and 1800 before returning to Drury Lane as an actor-manager (he had previously managed Sadlers Wells so had management experience), remaining in the position until the end of the 1814-5 season. While unpopular with critics, Wroughton was a competent actor liked by audiences. 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 small portraits of actors published by Richardson in 1779. Music, instruments and mask (representing theatre) in title area.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 1 iii/iii; O'D 3.
[Ref: 36695] £190.00