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Abel Drugger, from Ben Jonson's 'The alchemist', in a posture of combat. Engraving by J. Thornthwaite, 1777, after Roberts.

  • Roberts, fl. 18th century.
Date
1791
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36891i
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view Abel Drugger, from Ben Jonson's 'The alchemist', in a posture of combat. Engraving by J. Thornthwaite, 1777, after Roberts.

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Abel Drugger is the ingenuous tobacconist in Jonson's 1610 play. David Garrick's performance of the role in 1743 made the character well-known, and the play was often revised to include more scenes featuring Drugger. Garrick retired from acting in 1776, a year before this print was made

Publication/Creation

1791

Physical description

1 print : line engraving with etching

Lettering

The alchemist. Act scene. Mr. Garrick in the character of Abel Drugger. Roberts del. Thornthwaite sc.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 36891i

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