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Playbill for The Beggar’s Opera, Williamsburg, Virginia, ca. 1768. First known performance of The Beggar’s Opera in Williamsburg was June 3, 1768. Written by John Gay (1685–1732), The Beggar's Opera was one of the greatest theatrical successes of the 18thC. The play took a satirical look at politics & the Italian opera & used recognizable tunes with new lyrics for its 69 songs. Characters include pickpockets, thieves, highwaymen, scoundrels, & other “lesser sorts” of 18thC London society.

Playbill for The Beggar’s Opera, Williamsburg, Virginia, ca. 1768. First known performance of The Beggar’s Opera in Williamsburg was June 3, 1768. Written by John Gay (1685–1732), The Beggar's Opera was one of the greatest theatrical successes of the 18thC. The play took a satirical look at politics & the Italian opera & used recognizable tunes with new lyrics for its 69 songs. Characters include pickpockets, thieves, highwaymen, scoundrels, & other “lesser sorts” of 18thC London society.

The Lewis Walpole Library:                        Image ID:  lwlpr04158  Call Number:  777.03.05.01.2  Title:  Tight lacing  Published:  London : Pubd. by Wm. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, [not before 1782]  Description:  1 print : etching with drypoint, hand-colored ; sheet 22 x 27 cm.  Notes:  Title from item. | Date of publication conjectured from Holland's occupancy of 50 Oxford Street known to be from 1782 to 1803. | Undated reissue by a different publisher, of No. 5452 in the…

The Lewis Walpole Library: Image ID: lwlpr04158 Call Number: 777.03.05.01.2 Title: Tight lacing Published: London : Pubd. by Wm. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, [not before 1782] Description: 1 print : etching with drypoint, hand-colored ; sheet 22 x 27 cm. Notes: Title from item. | Date of publication conjectured from Holland's occupancy of 50 Oxford Street known to be from 1782 to 1803. | Undated reissue by a different publisher, of No. 5452 in the…

The Margate Macaroni [1772]    Etching published by Matthew Darly, London, November 30, 1772    A perfect, well-travelled young Englishman of the 18th century who affected foreign customs and manners was called a "Macaroni"

The Margate Macaroni [1772] Etching published by Matthew Darly, London, November 30, 1772 A perfect, well-travelled young Englishman of the 18th century who affected foreign customs and manners was called a "Macaroni"

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