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John Barrington


Oil on canvas



Teague : The Committee



Height: 74.3cm
Width: 61.6cm


Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (31), as by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 189
RW/CKA 352

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (189)

Related works

See G0046

Teague is an itinerant Irishman and his first lines are those cited by Mathews: "I am a poor Irishman, Heaven save me, and save all your three faces! Give me a thirteen." A "thirteen" was an Irish term for a silver shilling, it being worth thirteen rather than twelve Irish pennies. Head and shoulders to right, his right hand enxtended towards spectator, his left hand clasping a grey drapery to his breast. This picture, in much deteriorated condition, was in storage in 1994.
Howard's comedy was first given at the Theatre Royal, Vere Street, on 27 November 1662. Barrington played Teague for the first time at Covent Garden on 11 October 1749. It was one of the most popular plays in the repertory during the first half of the eighteenth century, but received only intermittent performances from 1760. See also G0046 and G0613.
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