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Mr. Beard and Miss Brent in Thomas and Sally

Print
ca. 1770 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This print depicts the popular singers John Beard (1716-1791) and Charlotte Brent (1735-1802) in their roles in the opera Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return composed by Isaac Bickerstaff with music by Thomas Arne, that was first produced at Covent Garden Theatre, 28 November 1760. After working initially with Handel, the tenor John Beard was engaged by Drury Lane in 1737 to join Kitty Clive in performing ballad operas. He sang with her in almost all her stage hits, becoming one of the earliest star tenors in Europe. Once he became manager of Covent Garden in 1761, Beard adapted earlier ballad operas to create vehicles featuring himself and the new star soprano, Charlotte Brent, who had been a pupil and mistress of Thomas Arne.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand coloured engraving, printed on paper.
Brief Description
Coloured engraving depicting John Beard and Charlotte Brent in Isaac Bickerstaffe's Thomas and Sally, with music by Thomas Arne, Covent Garden, 28 November 1760
Physical Description
Hand coloured engraving showing a male and female figure walking arm in arm. They are positioned in a field, against a backdrop of trees and a small cottage is visible in the background.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 8cm
  • Sheet width: 7.2cm
Credit line
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996
Object history
After working initially with Handel, the tenor John Beard (1716-1791) was engaged by Drury Lane in 1737 to join Kitty Clive in performing ballad operas. He sang with her in practically every one of her stage hits, becoming one of the earliest star tenors in Europe. Once he became manager of Covent Garden in 1761, Beard adapted earlier ballad operas to create vehicles featuring himself and the new star soprano, Charlotte Brent (1735-1802)
Production
Hogarth's Head, Cheapside
Subjects depicted
Associations
Summary
This print depicts the popular singers John Beard (1716-1791) and Charlotte Brent (1735-1802) in their roles in the opera Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return composed by Isaac Bickerstaff with music by Thomas Arne, that was first produced at Covent Garden Theatre, 28 November 1760. After working initially with Handel, the tenor John Beard was engaged by Drury Lane in 1737 to join Kitty Clive in performing ballad operas. He sang with her in almost all her stage hits, becoming one of the earliest star tenors in Europe. Once he became manager of Covent Garden in 1761, Beard adapted earlier ballad operas to create vehicles featuring himself and the new star soprano, Charlotte Brent, who had been a pupil and mistress of Thomas Arne.
Collection
Accession Number
S.449-1997

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record createdOctober 20, 2009
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