Oil on canvas
Dorcas : Cymon
height (frame): 84cm
width (frame): 55cm
"…nson Pinxt" (brown paint b. l.)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (105)
1983 Buxton, Museum and Art Gallery, "Tale Retold. Boccaccio's Decameron 17th Century to 19th Century" (19)
Dorcas is a deaf old woman who looks after Sylvia, the heroine of “Cymon”. She appears only in Act III, scene 3. Dorcas sings an air, the burden of which, cited by Mathews, is "I tremble at seventy-two." She wears a blue shift over a long-sleeved blue dress, and a blue cap over grey hair.
David Garrick's dramatic romance was based on Dryden's “Cymon and Iphigenia”, and had music by Michael Arne. The first performance was at Drury Lane on 2 January 1767, with Mary Bradshaw as the original Dorcas.