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Paintings: G0825


Lucia Elizabeth Vestris


Oil on panel



Phoebe : Paul Pry


Buss, Robert William [ Copy by ]


height (canvas): 32cm
Width (canvas): 24.5cm
height (frame): 48cm
width (frame): 40cm


Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 122
RW/CKA 275

Exhibition history

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"

Related works

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".
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