British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings. Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum (1870-1954) (George): 12128
Folger bibliographic ID: 265313
Folger call number: ART 267- 597
Folger holdings ID: 350954
Accession Number: 267597
Robert Coates sits on a stage in a pose suggesting Harlequin in a fencing match, his trunk almost at right angles to his legs which slant stiffly towards the stage-box (to viewer's left). He grins at the occupants, pointing his sword towards them and raising his left arm as he declaims Lothario's death speech from Rowe's Fair penitent ("Oh Altamont! thy genius is the stronger, thou hast prevail'd...") and they applaud, grinning broadly ("Bravo-bravo-Encore" etc.) . Coates wears a jewelled hat with enormous feathers, cloak, tunic, and sash. (adapted from George)
Coates appeared as Lothario in a benefit after the end of the Haymarket season in 1811. Ostensibly this was for a widow, but according to contemporary sources, was "got up by John Williams (Anthony Pasquin) who induced Coates to make himself a laughing stock."
"Price one shilling coloured."
Plate numbered "190" in upper right corner
Originally published with imprint dated "Marh 6th 1813;" this is a reissue, with imprint partially scraped
Also available as a digital reproduction
Item information about Folger ART 267- 597
Adopted by Paul Ruxin, Acquisitions Night 2013
Also known as
Extended title: The gay Lothario the great and celebrated amateur of fashion / E-s scult