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GLAHM 9196: 'Mr Foote as major Sturgeon' 1765 - click to view larger image

"Mr Foote as major Sturgeon" 1765


CRE HAID, Johann-Godfried; (German; 1710-1776) AFTER after Zoffany, Johann Joseph; (English School; 1733-1810) PRINT Boydell, J PUB Boydell, J

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55.5 x 71.0
At U, unmounted
s. on plate b. r. "J. G. Haid fecit"; inscr on plate b. l. "J. Boydell Excudt / "Mr Foote in the character of MAJOR STURGEON / in the Manor of Garrat / Published according to Act of Parliament August 14th 1765 by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, LONDON"
17 O'DONOGHUE, Freeman 1908 Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits Preserved in the Deaprtment of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, London 1908
From the play "The Mayor of Garratt" by Foote (1720-1777), which was first performed on 20 June 1763. Zoffany's painting of this subject was in the collection of Hunter's brother John (Christie, sale catalogue 29 January 1794, Lot 83). Foote is seen standing with Sir J.Jollop. According to Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert's London Encyclopedia, Garrat is the name of a hamlet between Wandsworth and Tooting in south London which had a society of residents opposed to enclosures on Wandsworth Common. The chairman was known as the Mayor of Garratt. After the common was released the custom of electing a Mayor continued, becoming a popular festival attended by many thousands of people. This print is one of a group that were part of the collection of Dr Hunter and which are evidence of his interest in the theatre. He must have known the famous actor Samuel Foote, who was a member of Joshua Reynolds's Club, and attended several dinners at the Royal Academy in the early 1770s. His theatre in the Haymarket was very close to Hunter's house in Great Windmill Street. Hunter's surviving lectures on anatomy to the Royal Academy make references to theatrical performances, and Hunter may have perceived himself as a performer of a related kind.

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