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A New Drop Scene for D.L.T.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1808 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (printmaker)
    Tipper, S., born 18 - died 19 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Barry Jackson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 75, box A

Physical description

Hand-coloured lithograph depicting a caricature scene at Drury Lane Theare. In the foreground, on the left, a smiling woman (representing Comedy) is being hanged by a man, another woman (representing Tragedy) has been stabbed through the hand, and the playwright Sheridan is lying, drunk, on the floor. To the right is a man surrounded by clothed cats and dogs dancing on their hind legs. In the background a man can be seen painting black spots onto a white dog whilst another man is inflating a bear skin.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1808 (published)


De Wilde, Samuel, born 1748 - died 1832 (printmaker)
Tipper, S., born 18 - died 19 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Thaumaso Scrutiny Esqr delt & sculp. Published for the Satirist May 1st 1808. by S. Tipper Leadenhall Street.'


Height: 7.625 in, Width: 13.625 in

Object history note

This caricature, issued less than a year before the destruction of Drury Lane Theatre by fire, is an attack on the policy of the theatre management who had been neglecting serious drama in favour of spectacular melodramas and performing animals. The white Newfoundland dog in the centre is 'Carlo' who appeared in 'The Caravan' in 1803.

Descriptive line

Print by Samuel De Wilde [Thaumaso Scrutiny], 'A New Drop Scene for D.L.T.,' caricature produced for the Satirist, lithograph coloured by hand, London, 1808

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1932. London: HMSO, 1933.


Paper; Ink


Lithography; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted

Caricature; Theatre; Dogs; Elephant; Satire; Cats; Camel


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons; Satire; Theatre; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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