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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1807 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.152-1998

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10D

This design for a printed theatre ticket or invitation dates from 1807. It shows chubby, playful children, commonly known as 'putti', representing Tragedy, Comedy and Painting. They are surrounded by stage curtains. In order to reproduce the image on a metal printing plate, chalk was first applied to the back of the drawing. The drawing was then laid onto the plate and the front was incised. This left a chalk impression on the plate for the engraver to follow. The artist is Samuel de Wilde, who specialised in theatrical scenes and portraits of artists.

Physical description

Design drawing for a benefit ticket or invitation card with putti portraying Tragedy, Comedy and Painting, mounted onto cream card with watercolour wash lines. On the back is red chalk and has been scored for transfer.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1807 (made)

Artist/maker

De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'SW Jn.y 17. 1807 - '
Bottom left; Pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 8.2 cm, Width: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a benefit ticket or invitation card, with putti portraying Tragedy, Comedy and Painting 1807 by Samuel de Wilde (1748-1832)

Materials

Wash; Pen and ink; Red chalk; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Comedy; Tragedy; Putti; Invitations

Categories

Designs; Advertising; Illustration; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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