Mrs. Harlowe as Beatrice

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Title

Mrs. Harlowe as Beatrice

Subject

Social satire, Medicine in art

Description

The popular theme of the quack physician became a staple for playwrights such the English playwright Edward Ravenscroft (ca. 1654-1707). Today this author of the Restoration period (1660-1710) is relatively unknown, but his farce The Anatomist or The Sham Doctor, once enjoyed great success both on stage and in multiple editions in print. From the first production in 1696 it was performed regularly at Drury Lane and Lincoln’s Inn Fields until well into the nineteenth century. Its longevity relied on stereotypes developed by Molière, such as the wise and sensible maid-servant Beatrice, portrayed in Rowlandson’s time by Sarah Harlowe (1765-1852), famous for her comedic roles.

Creator

Richard Cooper

Source

Edward Ravenscroft, The Anatomist, or Sham Doctor, London: John Cawthorn, 1807

Publisher

John Cawthorne

Date

1807

Contributor

Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15

Format

Engraving

Language

[no text]

Type

Still image

Identifier

[no text]

Coverage

[no text]

Files

V&A Beatrice_2.jpg

Collection

Citation

Richard Cooper, “Mrs. Harlowe as Beatrice,” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed September 21, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/16.