Oil on canvas
Leonora : The Revenge
height (frame): 47cm
width (frame): 37cm
John Bell; Charles Mathews
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (80)
J. Chapman for Bell's British Library 9 March 1793, line 10.8x8, pub. Bell's "British Theatre" (1797), vol 8, with quotation: "Your sighs are mine, my Lord, and I shall feel them all" (Act iv)
Mrs Brooks wears a pale blue full-skirted dress with a low ruff and a long gauze veil. Described as tall, with an elegant figure and a beautiful face, Mrs Brooks acted at the Haymarket Theatre from 1786 to 1794, playing innocent young ladies, such as Miss Richland in “The Good-Natured Man” and Cecilia in “The Chapter of Accidents”.
Young's tragedy was first performed at Drury Lane on 18 April 1721. Mrs Brooks never played Leonora in London.