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Print made by Thomas Macklin, active 1779–1793
after Henry William Bunbury, 1750–1811
published by Thomas Macklin, active 1779–1793
Fallstaff Playing the Prince, The Prince Playing the King
Materials & Techniques:
Engraving and stipple engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 16 11/16 × 19 3/8 inches (42.4 × 49.2 cm), Plate: 16 3/8 × 19 1/16 inches (41.6 × 48.4 cm), Image: 13 7/8 × 17 7/8 inches (35.2 × 45.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, verso, lower right: "[H]8073"; inscribed in graphite, verso, upper right: "P146"

Lettered, lower left: "H. Bunbury Esqr. delt. | Fal. But to say I know more harm in him than in my- | self were to say more than i know That hhe is old | (the more the pity) his white hairs do witness it but | that he is (savign your reverence) a whore master that I | utterly deny If sack and sugar be a fault God help | the wicked! If to be old & merry be a sin than many | an old host that i know is damn'd If to be fat be to be"; lettered, lower center: " (At the Boar's Head Eastcheap) | FALSTAFF PLAYING THE PRINCE, | THE PRINCE PLAYING THE KING. | From an original drawing in the possession of | her Royal Highness the Duchess of York. | London, Publish'd March 21, 1796, by Thos. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street." ; lettered, lower right: "T.Macklin Execut. | hated then, Pharaoh's lean kine are to be loved No my | good lord banish Peto, banish Bardolph banish Poins | but for sweet Jack Falstaff kind Jack Falstaff true Jack. | Falstaff valient Jack Falstaff & therefore more valient | being as he is old Jack Falstaff banish not him thy | Harry's compnay banish not him thy Harry's company | banish plump Jack & banish all the world. | Vide part Henry 4 Act 2 sc 4"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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