SCENE FROM THE FARCE OF THE INVINCIBLES AS LATELY PERFORMED AT THE QUEEN'S THEATRE Materials:
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Print made by John Doyle (HB) Printed by: A Ducôte Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
Published in London, 26 Haymarket Date: 23 May 1839 Schools/Styles:
Description No. 591. Parody of Morton's play 'The Invincibles'; a group of female soldiers (Ladies of the Household), cheered on by one in the background at left (Queen Victoria), putting two male soldiers, in the characters of Brusque and O'Slash, to rout at the point of a bayonet (Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel).
Inscription Content: Series title and number at top right; initialled by artist; lettered within image with three speech balloons, and below with title, followed by 'as lately performed at the Queen's Theatre.', and publication details: 'Published by T. Mc. Lean, 26, Haymarket, 23rd. May 1839. / Printed by A. Ducote.'.
With eye-shaped blindstamp at bottom left, lettered with 'Subscribers copy' and HB's monogram at centre.
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
Any description of this sketch will appear tame and spiritless to those who have seen Morton's farce of the Invincibles, and the rare acting of Fawcett, Bartley, and Madame Vestris. In the second scene of the first Act of the farce, two old soldiers, Brusque and O'Slash, are charged and driven nearly off the stage by a company of ladies in the disguise of soldiers, and H.B. has sported with the comparison between this incident in the farce, and the rumoured defeat of the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel through the manoeuvres of the ladies of the bed-chamber.
Representation of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Representation of Queen Victoria
Representation of Sir Robert Peel
Associated with Thomas Morton