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John Bull at the Italian Opera.

2 Oct 1811

RCIN 810857

Italian opera was sometimes the object of xenophobic disdain in London – as shown by the stoical reaction of John Bull in the upper tier. Rowlandson’s print also plays on the infectious nature of yawning. He must have been aware that the buyers of this work would suffer as much as a number of the audience members. Inscribed in the plate: Designd and Pubd by T. Rowlandson N 1 James Street Adelphi Octr 2 1811
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    BM Satires : Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum ... 11 v. in 12.
    BM Satires 10485

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