William Charles Macready as Rob Roy Macgregor a Hand Colored Foil Etching Collage Mounted in a Watercolor Landscape 1837

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Mr. Macready as Rob Roy Macgregor. Pub[lishe]d As the Act directs, Sept. 11, 1837, by S. Fairburn, 40 Fetter Lane, London. 29 cm x 24 cm. Unframed, but the original frame gave the presentation a shadow-box depth of a few centimeters. A tinsel print mounted in a finished watercolor landscape depicting William Charles Macready (1793 – 1873) as Rob Roy. A hand-colored etching based on Isaac Pocock’s operatic drama, Rob Roy Macgregor, or Auld Land Syne, opened in Covent Garden March 12, 1818 and ran for thirty-four memorable performances. The melodramatic theatrical adaptation was based on Walter Scott’s novel, Rob Roy 1817.

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Fairburn, S. Mr. Macready as Rob Roy Macgregor. Pub[lishe]d As the Act directs, Sept. 11, 1837, by S. Fairburn, 40 Fetter Lane, London. 29 cm x 24 cm. Unframed, but the original frame gave the presentation a shadow-box depth of a few centimeters. A tinsel print mounted in a finished watercolor landscape depicting William Charles Macready (1793 – 1873) as Rob Roy. A hand-colored etching based on Isaac Pocock’s operatic drama, Rob Roy Macgregor, or Auld Land Syne, opened in Covent Garden March 12, 1818, and ran for thirty-four memorable performances. The melodramatic theatrical adaptation was based on Walter Scott’s novel, Rob Roy 1817.

The etched figure of Mr. Macready in ink on paper was first cut out in silhouette, then treated as part of a collage,  dressed in fine fabric, then pasted onto Whatman watercolour board. After being mounted and painted into the watercolour landscape, the figure of Mr. Macready was embellished elaborately with fragments of metal. There is a slight acidic discoloration from the wooden frame around the edges of the heavy Whatman board. This tinsel print is rightly considered to be an original work of art.

An adult pastime of  1830s London, memorialization of theatrical personalities for their performances in a signature role was elevated in this example to a high level of amateur collage painting on paper, with an inked etching mounted into a watercolor landscape. It could be called a foil etching with expert hand-coloring.

 

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Author

Fairburn, S

Title

Mr. Macready as Rob Roy Macgregor. Pubd As the Act directs, Sept 11, 1837, by S Fairburn, 40 Fetter Lane, London