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Print - H Beard Print Collection

H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 18th century (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    King, J. (painter)
    Houston, Richard, born 1721 - died 1775 (artist)
    Smith, John (dealer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Three-quarter length portrait of Mr. Maddox.

The extent of Mr Maddox's versatility can perhaps be assessed from the following advertisement which appeared in 1752.

'Sadler's Wells; Islington - this evening, Mr Maddox, among the rest of his curious performances, will play on a violin, sound a trumpet, beat a drum, and balance a coach wheel on the wire; likewise puts a straw on his foot, tosses it thence to his face, from his face to his foot, from his foot to his face again, and keeps in a balance the whole time. Also stands on his head when the wire is in full swing, and quits it with his hands at the same time. To conclude with several feats of activity by Mr German, Mr Williams, Mr Rayner and others. Each person to be admitted into the pit or galleries for a pint of wine. Places for the boxes to be taken at the bar of the Wells.'

Physical description

Three-quarter length portrait of Mr. Maddox.

Place of Origin

London (published)


ca. 18th century (published)


King, J. (painter)
Houston, Richard, born 1721 - died 1775 (artist)
Smith, John (dealer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 36.4 cm Print size, Width: 25.9 cm Print size, Height: 55.7 cm Total including mount, Width: 40.5 cm Total including mount

Descriptive line

Three-quarter length portrait of Mr. Maddox, Harry Beard Collection.


Paper; Ink


Print-making; Mezzotint


Entertainment & Leisure; Prints


Theatre and Performance Collection

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