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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Prospect Before us. No.2 Respectfully dedicated to those Singers, Dancers and Musical Professors who are fortunately engaged with the proprietor of the King's Theatre at the Pantheon 13 Jan 1791

RCIN 810404

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The Pantheon theatre on Oxford Street in London opened in 1772, hosting opera and ballet until its destruction by fire in 1792. Rowlandson shows the stage from the perspective of the performers, who are dancing the ballet Amphion et Thalie, premiered on 17 February 1791. This print, published a month earlier, may have been intended as a puff for the forthcoming performance. Cat. 33