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HOGARTH, William - Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn.

HOGARTH, William - Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn.
Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn. - HOGARTH, William
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Title : Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn..
Map maker : HOGARTH, William.
Date : London 1822.
Size : 16.9 x 21.2 inches. / 43.0 x 53.8 cm.
Colouring : Later colouring.

Description :This engraving was published in "The Works of William Hogarth" from the original plates restored by James Heath. Printed for Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, Paternoster Row by Nichols and Son, Parliament Street 1822.
Hogarth's theatrical satire, showing a company of touring players dressing and rehearsing their parts in ‘Devil to Pay in Heaven’ in a barn. Walpole's infamous bill closing all provincial theaters and also including all the London theaters except Lincolns Inn Fields and Drury Lane. The scene portrayed can be dated c.24 June 1737, when the unlicensed theaters were forced to close under the Licensing Act. From the playbills on the bed in the foreground it is evident that this is a provincial company about to put on its last performance.
Hogarth's contempt for the Act is seen throughout the engraving.
Condition : Excellent condition the top margin closer cropped than bottom and sides as issued.

ID: 93498

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