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Scrub

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"Mrs. Abington stands facing three quarters to the right dressed as Scrub in Farquhar's 'Beaux' Stratagem', with her hair in tightly curled ringlets (resembling the wig worn by Weston in the part). Her hand is in the pocket of a long, old-fashioned coat worn over an apron. On the wall behind her head is a bust of Farquhar, scowling down at her, disgusted to see a woman play the part. On each side is a picture: on the left the head and shoulders of a man calling "Murder Murder", the frame is inscribed, "Mr Weston in ye part of Scrub". On the right a woman emerges from the funnel of a bottle, as the Bottle Imp. She is of meretricious appearance, holds up a purse in her right hand, a mask in the left; the frame is inscribed, 'For the Benefit of Thalia For this Night only The Pit laid into the Boxes."--British Museum online catalogue.

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Item Information:

Identifier
br86b380s
Collection
Art Works
Institution
Yale University Libraries
Creator(s)
Sayers, James
Publisher
Thos. Cornell
Date Issued
Feb. 15, 1786
Dates Covered
1785 to 1786
Genre
Art
Subject(s)
George Farquhar
Mrs. Abington
The Beaux' Stratagem
Places
England > Greater London > London
Topic(s)
Actors
Crossdressing
Etching
Male impersonators
Theatre
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 print : etching & engraving with stipple on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 274 x 195 mm, on sheet 286 x 195 mm
Language
English
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