Sally Shamrock : The Shipwreck
Pencil and watercolour on wove paper
"S De Wilde f / Nr 14 1805" (black chalk b. l.)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (235)
Richard Cooper for Cawthorn's "Minor British Theatre" pub John Cawthorn 31 January 1807, stipple 12x7.6 (with landscape background)
The scene is Act I, scene 4, with a view of the beach. Sally Shamrock, "an Irish Girl, with a basket of various articles on her Arm," enters and talks about the previous night's shipwreck. She thinks her lover is drowned but determines to marry "as soon as I can get any body to have me." According to Oxberry's 1820 edition of the play Sally's costume should consist of a "Coloured open gown, stiff petticoat, apron and straw hat." In the drawing (which has plain grey background) she has a dress of blue and white check, with a long white apron, and a straw bonnet with a blue ribbon.
Arnold's comic opera, with music by his father Dr Samuel Arnold, was first performed at Drury Lane on 10 December 1796, with Mrs Bland as Sally Shamrock. The first performance at the Haymarket, on 23 August 1798, was given as part of Mrs Bland's benefit, when she added extra variety to the evening by singing "There stood Jones."