Lord Ogleby : The Clandestine Marriage
Watercolour on vellum
Below the picture and illegible in parts: ‘Mr KING / [in the chara]cter of Lord OGLEBE [sic] Clan [destine] M [arriage].'
Bought by Richard Bebb from John Hall, Harrington Road, South Kensington
When the engraving was published in 1769, the drawing belonged to the Duchess of Northumberland. The Bebb version is a copy or possibly is the Northumberland drawing. See the BDA, 9: 42
By unknown engraver, after De Faesch, pub by Smith & Sayer 1769
J. Basire, after De Faesch, pub by Jeffrey & Faden 1773
In this black and white drawing Ogleby stands full-length facing left in a long coat and knee-breeches, with his right hand raised and holding a bouquet.
King created the role of Lord Ogleby at the play’s premiere at Drury Lane Theatre on 20 February 1766. His success in the role derived, as one critic noted, from the amiability of King’s own personality. Frances Gentleman in “The Dramatic Censor” (1770) praised King’s conception: “Lord Ogleby ...is most certainly as much an original, and as much a child of laughter, as any character on any stag - harmlessly vain, pleasantly odd, commendably generous; a coxcomb not void of sense, a master full of whim...’ Among his other numerous original creations were Sir Peter Teazle in “The School for Scandal” in 1775 and Puff in “The Critic” in 1779. He was one of the most intelligent actors of his day, who possessed great comic powers, and was also highly respected by the press and public alike. He and Garrick were very close friends. See the BDA, 9: 26-43.