The amateur actor Robert Coates dreaming about his success on the stage in the role of Romeo. Aquatint attributed to "The Caricaturist General", 1812.
- Caricaturist General, active 1811.
- [1 January 1812]
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According to the British Museum catalogue, Coates, "a wealthy West Indian [owner of a plantation in the West Indies], who called himself an "Amateur of Fashion", appeared as Romeo in Bath on 9 Feb. 1810 ... He was stage-mad, and played (atrociously) for charities and benefits without fee, forcing his services on the management"
In the top right corner a cock with the head of Coates addresses the apothecary in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, act V, scene 1. On the right stand Tragedy and Comedy as two cocks. Shakespeare rises up on the left
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