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Dandies at the opera, one of them swooning, overcome with emotion. Coloured etching by I.R. Cruikshank, 1818.

Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856.
Date
11 December 1818
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Description

On fainting: the DNB says of performances by Eliza O'Neill, who made her début at Covent Garden in 1814, "Men are said to have been borne fainting from the theatre after witnessing her tragic performances."

Publication/Creation

[London] (27 St. James's St) : Ge[orge] Humphrey, 11 December 1818.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 24.9 x 35.2 cm

Lettering

A dandy fainting or - an exquisite in fits. Scene a private opera box -. I R Cruikshank invt. & fecit

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. IX, London 1949, no. 13069

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 12030i

Lettering note

The figure on the left says "I must draw the curtain or his screams will alarm the house. You have no fello feeling my dear fellos, pray unlace the dear loves stays, and lay him on the couch." The two figures in the middle say "I am so frighten'd I can hardly stand!" and "Mind you dont soil the dear's linnen". The right figure holds a phial of "Eau de Cologne" to the nostrils of the swooning figure and says "I dread the consequence! that last air of Signeur Nonballenas has thrown him in such raptures, we must call in Doctor ----- immediately!". The name of the doctor has been deleted on the plate, but can be read from its remains as "Clysterpipe"

Reproduction note

Reissued in 1835 by a a different publisher in series Cruikshankiana: see Wellcome Library catalogue no. 35497i

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