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Jane Powell


Oil on canvas



Boadicea : Boadicea



Height: 36.8cm
Width: 28.4cm
height (frame): 45cm
width (frame): 37cm


John Bell; Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 176
RW/CKA 215

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (176)

Engraving history

J. Thornthwaite for Bell's British Library 21 October 1791 line 11.45 x 7.6, pub. Bell's “British Theatre” (1797) vol 2, with the quotation: Not the wealth / which loads the palaces of sumptuous Rome / Shall bribe my fury" (Act I, scene 1)

Boadicea descends the steps of the altar with her left hand clenched and a spear in her right hand. She wears a loose blue dress and billowing red mantle, with a gold crown and bronze stomach plate.
Glover's tragedy, with "new pieces of music between the Acts, adapted to the Play, and composed by Dr. Boyce," was first performed at Drury Lane on 1 December 1753, with Mrs Pritchard as Boadicea. Jane Powell never played Boadicea in London.
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