Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
Oil on panel
Phoebe : Paul Pry
height (canvas): 32cm
Width (canvas): 24.5cm
height (frame): 48cm
width (frame): 40cm
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (122)
1958 London, Arts Council, St James's Square, "Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 100th Anniversary"
Original: Theatre Museum 27 oil on canvas 127.4 x 101.7 Exh: R. A.1827 (222) Engr: Thomas Lupton pub. Moon, Boys and Graves 1 July 1828, mezzotint.
Born in London to Italian parents, Lucia Elizabeth Vestris was a singer and theatre manager who appeared in Italian operas in early 18th-century London. Depicted here in the role of Phoebe, this portrait of Vestris is a copy of a detail from George Clint's painting of a scene from Paul Pry, with John Liston in the title role. She wears a pink, fur-trimmed dress which has short flounced sleeves, a transparent white gauze over the bodice, and a pink belt. The comedy was performed for the first time at the Haymarket on 13 September 1825, with Liston and Mme Vestris singing "Cherry Ripe" and "The Lover's Mistake".