The House that Jack Built. Charles Williams.

The House that Jack Built

London: Walker, 1807. Wiiliams, Charles. Wraps. 27 x 42.5 cm. Hand colored etching. Ruse & Turner watermark. After the destruction of the Covent Garden Theatre by fire in December 1808 and its rebuilding in 1809, John Philip Kemble, the manager of the theatre, raised the price of tickets to compensate for the cost of the theatre's reconstruction. This and the creation of privately hired theatre boxes caused riots, known as the Old Price Riots, that lasted three months and ultimately forced Kemble to reduce the number of private boxes and restore the 'old prices'. This print, parodying the nursery rhyme This is the House that Jack Built, is a satire on the riots. The Cat is Italian soprano Angelica Catalani who had been engaged for a substantial fee, leading to complaints that prices had been increased in order to pay for her. Man at lower right is Kemble. Adhesion marks verso corners. Colors clean and bright. Very Good. Item #22981

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