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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    7th January 1805 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
    H. Humphrey (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand coloured aquatint

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Satirical print entitled 'The Theatrical Bubble: being a new specimen of the astonishing powers of the great politico - Punchinello, in the art of dramatic puffing'. Print depicts Richard Sheridan as Punch, on stage blowing a bubble that contains the image of Master Betty under which is written "Exit Garrick, Kemble, Cooke". The audience includes the Duke of Clarence (later William IV), Dorothea Bland (Mrs Jordan), and Charles Fox. The print satirises Sheridan for repeatedly putting juvenile actors, like Betty, on stage at Drury Lane. Published by H. Humphrey, 1805.

Physical description

Print depicting Richard Sheridan as Punch on stage blowing a bubble in which there is an image of Master Betty.

Place of Origin

London (published)


7th January 1805 (published)


Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
H. Humphrey (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Hand coloured aquatint


Height: 43.7 cm, Width: 31.8 cm

Descriptive line

Satirical print entitled 'The Theatrical Bubble' depicting Richard Sheridan as Punch, published by H. Humphrey, 1805, Harry Beard Collection.


Paper; Ink


Aquatint; Hand-colouring; Print-making


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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