Detail View: LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection: Theatrical jealousy, or, the rival queens of Covent Garden : [graphic] vide the late extraordinary re-appearance of Mrs. Siddons after saying "farewell" and taking a formal leave of the stage some years ago.

Digital Image File Name: 
3870
Source Call Number: 
ART 265070 (size M)
Source Creator: 
Williams, Charles, fl. 1797-1830, printmaker.
Source Title: 
Theatrical jealousy, or, the rival queens of Covent Garden : [graphic] vide the late extraordinary re-appearance of Mrs. Siddons after saying "farewell" and taking a formal leave of the stage some years ago.
Source Created or Published: 
[London] : Pubd. by J. Sidebotham, 96 Strand, June 1816.
Digital Image Type: 
FSL collection
HAMNET CATALOG RECORD: 
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Creator (Hamnet): 
Williams, Charles, fl. 1797-1830, printmaker.
Title (Hamnet): 
Theatrical jealousy, or, the rival queens of Covent Garden : [graphic] vide the late extraordinary re-appearance of Mrs. Siddons after saying "farewell" and taking a formal leave of the stage some years ago.
Place of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet): 
[London] :
Publisher (Hamnet): 
Pubd. by J. Sidebotham, 96 Strand,
Date of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet): 
June 1816.
Physical Description (Hamnet): 
1 print : hand-colored etching ; image 215 x 329 mm.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Caricatures -- 19th century.
Subject (Hamnet): 
O'Neill, Eliza, 1791-1872, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Prints -- 19th century.
Associated Name (Hamnet): 
Sidebotham, publisher.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Mrs. Siddons (left), with sour, irate expression and extended arms, walks towards Miss O'Neill (right) who stands in a dignified but theatrical pose, right arm raised, directed to the left. They are dressed in a similar fashion which becomes the younger actress but not the older; both wear jewelled fillets in their hair, with three erect feathers and hanging drapery. Both are décolletée, with looped and trained overdresses; Mrs. Siddons, stout and ravaged by time, has a more ornate dress, which appears tawdry beside that of her rival. The lines are adapted from Lee's tragedy. The left corner of the stage is shown, with the glass chimneys of the footlights along the base of the design. Behind a pillar (left) the profiles of John and Charles Kemble look out anxiously at their elder sister. A woman's hand holding a fan and a play-bill hanging over the front of the box indicate the occupant of a stage-box (left); her words float upwards in a label: "All Envy! Spite and Envy, by the Gods!" A voice from the pit floats (right) towards Miss O'Neill: "Erin go Bragh!" There is an architectural background, with a curtain hanging in straight folds from an archway (right)--Adapted from George.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Attribution to Williams by Dorothy George.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Background: "On 6 and 22 June Mrs. Siddons, who had retired from the stage in 1812, played Lady Macbeth at the request of Princess Charlotte. This was deplored in the 'Examiner', 16 June, in an article beginning: 'Players should be immortal, if their own wishes or ours could make them so; but they are not.' Eliza O'Neill (1791-1872), a much-admired tragic actress, made her début at Covent Garden in 1814. Mrs. Siddons made occasional appearances in benefit performances, &c., in 1813, 1815, 1817, 1819, as well as in 1816."--from M. Dorothy George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum.
Citations (Hamnet): 
George 12829
Folger Holdings Notes (Hamnet): 
In early pen, below each figure: Mrs. Siddons, Miss O'Neil. In pencil on back: Coll. Louis-Philippe.
Call Number (Hamnet): 
ART 265- 070 (size M)