London, South Kensington
12 March 2008
Butler Clowes (d.1782)
Mr Dibdin in the Character of Mungo, in the Celebrated Opera of the Padlock. "Me wish to my Heart me was Dead, Dead, Dead."
mezzotint on laid paper, with margins, published by Carington Bowles, London
P. 9 15/16 x 12½in. (25.2 x 31.7cm.)
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Thomas John Dibdin, playwright and actor was a godson of David Garrick. In 1791, Dibdin achieved his goal of a theatre-royal appointment when he played Mungo in Isaac Bickerstaff's The Padlock when the Manchester theatre reopened after a fire.
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