[Skeggs, In the Character of Seignor Bumbasto.]
[Sold by the proprietors M. Jackson the corner of Bride Court, in fleetstreet, & M. Skeggs at the Hoop and bunch of Grapes in St Albans Street. ][London, c.1752.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters, 359 x 252mm. Trimmed to platemark at bottom. Small pin hole centre of image.
Portrait of Matthew Skeggs (d.1773), proprietor of the Hoop and Bunch of Grapes (a public house in St Albans Street). He also performed in a burlesque called 'Mother Midnight's Oratorio' at the Haymarket, in which he 'played' a concerto on a broomstick, making the sound of the instrument with his mouth. Horace Walpole saw the 'Oratorio' in 1752, calling it the 'lowest buffoonery in the world'.
Chaloner Smith: 111, I of III. Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes. For a lettered impression see ref. 36408.
[Ref: 7806] £360.00