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Johannes Gay.
Johannes Gay. [Life is a jest, and all things shew it; I thought so once, but now I know it.]
Zinck pinx. W.m Smith del. et sculp.
[published Dec.r 1st 1775 by J. Thane, Gerrard Street, Soho, London.]
Scarce mezzotint. Sheet 220 x 285mm (8¾ x 11¼"). Trimmed into image on three sides, into inscription area at bottom, losing quote and publication line.
John Gay (1685-1732), poet and playwright. A member of the Scriblerus Club in London along with Pope, Swift, and other writers, Gay is best-known for 'The Beggar's Opera', which was produced almost every year until the 1880s, and in the twentieth century supplied the plot for Brecht and Weils 'Die Dreigroschenoper' ('The Threepenny Opera'). Engraved from a portrait by Dresden-born miniaturist C.F. Zincke (1684?-1767), a favourite of George II
O'D 16; CS 1.
[Ref: 59418]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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