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John Fawcett as Whimsiculo in Thomas Dibdin's The cabinet

Author: Kelly; Samuel De Wilde
Publisher: 1814.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : English
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Drawings
Named Person: Thomas Dibdin; Thomas Dibdin; Fawcett, Mr.; Fawcett, Mr.
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly; Samuel De Wilde
OCLC Number: 658901744
Notes: Artist: Unable to identify 'Kelly' as a specific artist in reference sources.
Full figure port., standing to left, looking front, whip in right hand, left hand on hip, holding hat. In pencil, bottom center 'Fawsett [sic.] as Grumio/Taming of the Shrew.' Pencil note is faded. Executed on wove paper with watermark Ruse & Turner/1810.
History: Portrait is copied after a watercolor by Samuel DeWilde which is part of the Maugham Collection of Theatrical paintings housed at the National Theatre, London. The original DeWilde measures 14 1/2 x 9 3/16 in. and is described as John Fawcett (1768-1837) as Whimsiculo/The cabinet by Thomas Dibdin/Convent Garden 1808. Item is listed as entry no.41 in the Guide to the Maugham Collection by Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson. A half length version of the same portrait is listed in the Catalog of the Garrick Club (entry no.216). The portrait was engraved by Wageman and published, colored, by I. Clark, 1808, and in a smaller version in 1814 by Chapple as a plate to the Theatrical Inquisitor (see Harv. cat. entry for Fawcett, no.31-33).
Provenance: Item was purchased by the Folgers from A.S.W. Rosenbach, as part of a collection of 30 watercolor drawings to Shakespeare, Feb., 1925.
Subject: According to the 1805 printed edition of The cabinet, the play was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Feb 9, 1802. The list of 'Persons of the Drama' notes Mr. Fawcett in the role of Whimsiculo.
This record contains unverifiable data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance.
Description: 1 drawing : watercolor and graphite ; 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.
Responsibility: Kelly.

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