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Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore, a notorious spendthrift and rake, holding a levee: he is attended by his horse-racing and cock-fighting associates and others. Etching by J. Barlow after S. Collings.

  • Collings, Samuel
June 1st 1791
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Description by Dorothy George in the British Museum catalogue, loc. cit.: "A young man, wearing a long dressing-gown over breeches and top-boots, receives a man dressed as a groom (left) whose hand he takes, and a cock-fighter (right) who shows him a cock. Behind the groom stands a coachman holding a whip. In the background are other attendants at the levee: a boxer (left) and a Jew (right) being conspicuous. Next the boxer is a man who resembles the Prince of Wales. On the wall are five pictures (left to right): a whole length portrait of 'Scrub'; a horse-race; a whole length portrait of a man dressed as a pierrot; two cocks fighting; Harlequin. On the ground is an open book: 'New Pantomime by Bar & Co', showing that the levee is that of Lord Barrymore." At Wargrave, Berkshire, Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore, built in 1788 "the most conspicuous private theatre of the eighteenth century" (Oxford dictionary of national biography). There pantomimes were performed and Barrymore played the part of Scrub in 'The Beaux' Stratagem' by George Farquhar

Illustration of verses in 'The Attic Miscellany', ii. 318, 'The levee', where Barrymore is called 'Lord Scrub'


[London] : Bentley & Co, June 1st 1791.

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1 print : etching ; platemark 19.4 x 21.7 cm


Attic miscellany. The levee, or the Maecenas of scrubs and scaramouches. Drawn by Collings. Etch'd by Barlow.

References note

Catalogue of political and personal satires in the British Museum, no. 7993


Wellcome Library no. 32418i



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