A hand coloured, antique copper engraving of the Georgian actor John Pritt Harley playing the character Lusignan from Voltaire's work The Tragedy of Zara. Drawn by De Wilde and engraved by S Close, it was published in Dublin by W Jones. John Pritt Harley was born in London in 1786. From 1806 onwards he acted in provincial theatres in England. At Southend, where he remained for sometime, he acquired thorough training in his profession. He became popular for his comic singing, and being extremely thin, he became known ironically as 'Fat Jack'. In 1815 he came to London, and began his association with the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where he remained for 20 years. In 1858, while playing Lancelot Gobbo at the Princess's Theatre, Harley was struck with paralysis. He died two days later at his London home.
Print size: 13cm x 8.5cm
Mount size: 25cm x 19cm