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The popularity of the comic performers of late-Georgian and Regency England and their frequent depiction in portraits, caricatures and prints is beyond dispute, yet until now little has been written on the subject. In this unique study Jim Davis considers the representation of English low comic actors, such as Joseph Munden, John Liston, Charles Mathews and John Emery, in the visual arts of the period, the ways in which such representations became part of the visual culture of their time, and the impact of visual representation and art theory on prose descriptions of comic actors. Davis reveals how many of the actors discussed also exhibited or collected paintings and used painterly techniques to evoke the world around them. Drawing particularly on the influence of Hogarth and Wilkie, he goes on to examine portraiture as critique and what the actors themselves represented in terms of notions of national and regional identity.

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Contents

  • Playbills (Covent Garden, Haymarket)

  • Winston Material on Drury Lane

  • Letter, John Bannister to Mrs Sutherland 4 March 1826, Y.c. 1861 (1)

  • Letter, William Beechey to John Bannister, undated, PN2598M2C7

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to Tattersall, 18 February [?], Y.c.3899 (1)

  • Letters, Charles Mathews to Samuel De Wilde, Y.c.3887 (4–6)

  • Letters, Charles Mathews to unknown correspondent, 7 & 11 January, 1828, Y.c.3891 (1, 2)

  • Letter, Thomas King to Tate Wilkinson, 12 October 1796, Y.c.1371 (8)

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to unknown correspondent, 27 May [?]

  • Letter, John Banister to John Smith, 17 June 1826, Mathews, Memoirs of Charles Mathews Comedian, extra-illustrated

  • Letter, John Liston to Thomas Hill, dated 29 October 1805

  • Letter, Samuel De Wilde to unknown correspondent, 28 June 1815

  • Samuel De Wilde, Manuscript Diary, 1 January 1810 to 31 December 1811

  • Letter, Ann Mathews to Mr Cribb, 28 December 1828, Actors and Acting (extra-illustrated edition)

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to Aspinell, 17 April 1815

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to Edward Foss, 1831

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to John Tayleure, 24 July [?], Mathews Scrapbook

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to John Turmeau, 1 April 1830, Boaden, Memoirs of the Life of John Philip Kemble, extra-illustrated, VI, opposite p. 347

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to Mrs Fitzwilliam, undated

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to William Blanchard, undated, Boaden, Memoirs of the Life of John Philip Kemble, extra-illustrated, VI, opposite p. 414

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to unknown correspondent, 26 December [?],

  • Letter, Henry Berthoud to Alfred Bunn, 20 July 1828

  • Letter, John Bannister to Henry Angelo, 8 August 1797

  • Letter, John Taylor to Charles Mathews, 28 December 1828, of Matthews & Hutton, Actors and Acting, extra-illustrated

  • Letter, William Blanchard to George Clint, Boaden, Memoirs of the Life of John Philip Kemble, extra-illustrated, VI, opposite p. 342, Charles Mathews Scrapbooks, 5 vols.

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to unknown correspondent, undated

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to unknown correspondent, 7 January 1828

  • Letter, George Clint to J. R. Planché, undated

  • Letter, John Poole to James St. Aubyn, 28 November 1826

  • Mathews Family Papers

  • Letter, Charles Mathews to James Winston, 11 May 1827, Mathews, Memoirs of Charles Mathews, Comedian, extra-illustrated, V, 327

Account of Mr. Mathews' At Home; as delivered in an annual lecture on peculiarities, characters, and manners, founded on his own Observations and Adventures during his late Trip to American…Also a Monopolylogue, called All Well at Natchitoches; Embellished with a representation of the Scene, &c. &c. London: Duncombe, 1824

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