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Print - H Beard Print Collection
  • H Beard Print Collection
    Woodward, George Moutard
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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    February 1805 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
    Williams (etchers)
    S. W. Fores (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand coloured etching, ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.4651-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Print entitled 'John Bull in Lilliput or Theatricals for the Nineteenth Century'. Published in London by S. W. Fores.

Cartoons about current social or political events were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. As well as mocking individuals, they often featured symbolic figures representing a type of person - John Bull was the archetypal Englishman. This cartoon is satirising the fashion for child actors that swept the country in the late 19th century, the most famous of whom was William Henry West or ‘Master Betty’. His success led to ‘The Glasgow Roscius’ and ‘The Little Siddons’, named after Sarah Siddons. The children announcing their identities in this toy theatre take no notice of each other, and all appear to be costumed for a different play.

Physical description

Etched and hand coloured print entitled 'The Theatrical Bubble; - being a new specimen of the astonishing Powers of the great Politico-Punchinello, in the Art of Dramatic Puffing'.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

February 1805 (published)

Artist/maker

Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
Williams (etchers)
S. W. Fores (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

hand coloured etching, ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 26.5 cm Print size, Width: 40.6 cm Print size

Descriptive line

Print entitled 'John Bull in Lilliput or Theatricals for the Nineteenth Century'. Published in London by S. W. Fores in February 1805, Harry Beard Collection.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink; Wash

Techniques

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

Subjects depicted

Satire; Caricature

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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