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Drawings: G0035


John Bannister





Storm : Ella Rosenberg



Height: 37cm
Width: 23.5cm

Other materials

Pencil and watercolour on wove paper


Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 334

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (334) 1975 London, Hayward Gallery, "The Georgian Playhouse" (150)

Captain Storm is visited in his "plainly furnished" apartment by Flutterman, the Burgomaster of Molwitz, "A Province of Prussia", who asks him to join a deputation to the Elector Alberto. Storm is morose, saying that his grey hairs and crippled limb, indicated by his leg bandage, used to remind him of "years of hard and glorious service" but now only remind him of his poverty.
Storm has a black tricorn hat with a black cockade over his left ear. He wears yellow gloves, black shoes, white stockings with a black bandage around his left knee, white breeches, a cream coat lined and trimmed in red with red cuffs, and a white waistcoat and high black stock.
Kenney's two-act melodrama with music by M. P. King was first performed at Drury Lane on 19 November 1807, with Bannister as the original Storm. There were 37 performances during the first season, the last on 6 June 1808.
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