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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1st January 1802 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Williams, C., born 18 - died 19 (artist)
    S. W. Fores (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand coloured etching, ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.4600-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Print entitled 'Theatrical Doctors recovering Clara's Notes!', a caricature of Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) being fed guineas by Richard Brinsley Sheridan of Drury Lane and Mr Harris of Covent Garden in an attempt to revive her singing voice. Published in London by S. W. Fores.

Elizabeth Billington (1768-1818) was one of the most popular and highly paid opera singers of her day. After a triumphant debut at Covent Garden in 1786 she received a salary of £1000 to appear at the theatre for a season, and in 1801, after a period in Italy, she was in such demand in London that it was arranged for her to make alternate performances at Covent Garden and Drury Lane theatres. Her first 1801 performance was as Mandane, daughter of King Xerxes in Thomas Arne's opera Artaxerxes, and Gilray's caricature shows her in this role. Mrs Billington was known for her wide vocal range, which was shown to good effect in the opera's celebrated aria, The Soldier, tir'd of War's Alarms.

Physical description

Etched and hand coloured print entitled 'Theatrical Doctors recovering Clara's Notes!', a caricature of Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel), Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Mr Harris.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1st January 1802 (published)

Artist/maker

Williams, C., born 18 - died 19 (artist)
S. W. Fores (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

hand coloured etching, ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Exhibited R. Festival Hall / "Musicians Caricatured" Feb. Mar / 1953'
Written in sepia ink on back of print mount.

Dimensions

Height: 22.8 cm Print size, Width: 25.4 cm Print size

Descriptive line

Print entitled 'Theatrical Doctors recovering Clara's Notes!', a caricature of Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel), Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Mr Harris. Published in London by S. W. Fores on 16th January 1802, Harry Beard Collection.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink; Wash

Techniques

Print-making; Etching (corroding); Painting; Hand-colouring

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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