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  • H Beard Print Collection
    De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832
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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1 January 1807 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (artist)
    Cruikshank, Isaac, born 1764 - died 1811 (engraver)
    De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Samuel Simmons (c.177-1819) is seen here in the title role of Mother Goose, or, The Golden Eggwritten by Thomas Dibdin with music by Ware, which opened at the Covent Garden Theatre on 29 December 1806. Starring Joseph Grimaldi as Squire Bugle and Clown, with Jack Bologna as Colin and Harlequin, this pantomime was a great hit, running for 69 nights and assuring the supremacy of the character Clown in pantomime above that of its previous favourite Harlequin.

Samuel Simmons was a lifelong member of the company at Covent Garden Theatre after he played his first adult role there in November 1796 as Momus in O'Keefe's Olympus in an Uproar.He made his first appearance on the London stage as the boy actor Master Simmons when he played the Duke of York in Cibber's Richard 111 at the Haymarket Theatre in September 1789. A diminutive actor, he was nicknamed 'Little Simmons' and coined the catchphrase 'What do you think of that, eh?'

Physical description

Hand coloured etching of Samuel Simmons in costume as Mother Goose in Mother Goose wearing a skirt decorated with goose-print border. He stands beside a goose to his left and holds a golden egg in his left hand and a walking stick in his right. Captioned: 'MR SIMMONS AS MOTHER GOOSE In the Popular Pantomime', with the quote: 'Nay doubt not. While she's kindly us'd she'll lay/ A Golden Egg on each suceeding Day.' Printed with the price '2 shillings coloured' and the details: 'Published in London by S. De Wilde 9, Tavistock Row, Covent Garden, on 1st January 1807'.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1 January 1807 (published)


De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (artist)
Cruikshank, Isaac, born 1764 - died 1811 (engraver)
De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand coloured etching


Height: 36.8 cm Print size, Width: 24 cm Print size, Height: 37.5 cm Total including mount, Width: 25.3 cm Total including mount

Descriptive line

Portrait of Samuel Simmons (c.1777-1819) as Mother Goose in Mother Goose, or the Golden Egg,by Thomas Dibdin, Covent Garden Theatre, 29 December 1806. Published in London by S. De Wilde on 1st January 1807, Harry Beard Collection


Paper; Ink




Entertainment & Leisure; Prints; Scotland


Theatre and Performance Collection

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