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Charles Kean, ill with flu. Coloured etching.

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Kean has his feet in a steaming bowl which is on top of a book entitled: "Shakespeare", on the round table next to him is the figure of Duncan rising from a bowl of "gruel from her majesty" saying "Sleep no more". Letters are scattered around his feet, on the table above them is a bottle of medicine labelled: "C. Kean Esq as often as required", also on that table is a small open book on which is written: "Critiques Times & c."

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1 print : etching, with watercolour


"Mr. Charles Kean is seriously indisposed. He is suffering from the effects of overmark and consequent nervous exhaustaion complicated by an attack of influenza." Vide public press.

References note

Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954


Wellcome Library no. 11886i



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