A hand coloured, antique stipple engraving of the Georgian actress and theatrical entrepreneur Mrs Crespigny. It is inscribed engraved by Ridley from an original miniature painted by Emma Smith. Mrs Crespigny was a friend of author and playright Mariana Starke, and put on two of her plays in her house in Camberwell, in which she also had a part. She was not a professional actress as such, more a gifted amateur. In March 1789 Mariana Starke's long poem, The Poor Soldier, An American Tale was published. The work was advertised as ‘founded on a recent fact and inscribed to Mrs Crespigny’.
Print size: 11cm x 8.5cm
Mount size: 23cm x 19cm