John Edwin and Mrs. Mary Wells as Lingo and Cowslip in "The Agreeable Surprise"
- Part Of:
- Watercolor with gouache, black chalk and stumping on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
- Sheet: 16 5/16 x 12 5/8 inches (41.4 x 32 cm)
Inscribed in brown ink, on paper label attached to back of original frame: "For this Drawing | Georgina the celebrated and beautiful | Duchess of Devonshire | offered one hundred Guineas. | It is the only Picture for which Edwin | ever sat and such was his reluctance | that it was with great difficulty he was persuaded | to give Mr. Downman the Painter, three | sittings in the course of two years. | The resemblance is perfect. | 29th December1810 - J. S.(?)
signed and dated in black chalk, lower right: "J. Downman | 1787"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Drawings & Watercolors
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- actor | actress | bowl | coat | cravat | gesture | gown | hat | man | play | ribbons | ruffles | sea | The Agreeable Surprise, play by John O'Keeffe, 1781 | theater (discipline) | wig | woman
- Associated People:
- Wells [née Davies; other married name Sumbel], Mary Stephens (1762–1829), actress
Edwin, John, the elder (1749–1790), actor and singer
Lingo (character in The Agreeable Surprise)
Cowslip (character in The Agreeable Surprise)
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Sarah Murden, The Life of Actress, Mary Wells, , All Things Georgian, February 22, 2018, https://georgianera.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/the-life-of-actress-mary-wells/