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Satire on Popular Theatre



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Satire on the popular stage. Apollo, holding a volume of Horace, is kicked from a stage by Punch; Harlequin, wearing a black mask, pursues him brandishing his slap-stick and waving a scroll lettered "Harlequin Horace"; beneath their feet lie volumes of Rowe, Shakespeare and Johnson; to the left, Pierrot watches. On either side of the stage are statues of theatrical muses; above hangs the motto "Vivitur ingenio" flanked by festoon; above the stage entrances on either side are boxes from which members of the audience look down. Sign is from Drury Lane theatre by Wren.


Ingenuity: Ingenium, Ingenuity: Genius, Theater, Apollo, Harlequin, Pierrot, Punch

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