Comedy Spectators, Tragedy Spectators

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Title

Comedy Spectators, Tragedy Spectators

Subject

Social satire, Medicine in art

Description

In this print and the one opposite, Rowlandson illustrates two different types of playhouses and their audiences in English theatre during his time. This print portrays the attendance of two different productions at the same “patent” or “legitimate” theatre, licensed by the state, where mostly classic works of approved taste were performed. Note the program with the title of Romeo and Juliet (printed backwards) on which the genteel woman in the lower image rests her hand holding a fan. While she uses the other hand to daintily wipe away a tear, another woman receives smelling salts to revive her from a faint. Even the group in the upper image, although heartily amused, is well-dressed and well-behaved.

Creator

Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

Source

[no text]

Publisher

S. W. Fores, London

Date

1789

Contributor

Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15

Format

Hand-colored etching; original dimensions, 372 x 265 mm

Language

[no text]

Type

Still image

Identifier

[no text]

Coverage

[no text]

Files

BM_Spectators_1crop.jpg

Collection

Citation

Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), “Comedy Spectators, Tragedy Spectators ,” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed September 21, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/19.