Barton Booth (?)
Oil on copper
Mathews 87 or 118
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (87 or 118)
E. Smith from a drawing by George Clint, pub. W. Walker 1 September 1822, line 10.1x7.6 [see PM0124]
The sitter appears to be quite young, and the costume dates from the mid-eighteenth century. Barton Booth, therefore, is an extremely unlikely candidate for this portrait. Compare with G0081.
The sitter, standing full-length, wears black shoes and purple-grey hose, breeches, and coat.
One of the foremost actors of his day, Booth had a majestic style, but “seemed afraid of putting into his acting…humanity” (BD). Among his best roles were Castalio in “The Orphan”, Brutus in “Julius Caeser, and Valentine in “Love for Love”.