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The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750, (1751). Artist: Patrick O Brian

The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750, (1751). Artist: Patrick O Brian


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The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750, (1751). Artist: Patrick O Brian

The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750, (1751). Players hang from scales surmounted by the motto Totus mundus agit histrionem, - All the worlds a stage. Illustration from Social Caricature in the Eighteenth Century... With over two hundred illustrations by George Paston [pseudonym of Emily Morse Symonds], (London, 1905)

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Balance Emily Morse Emily Morse Symonds George Paston Harlequin Latin Measurement Motto Paston Patrick Scales Shakespeare Symonds Theatrical Weight William Shakespeare Steelyard


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The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750

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is a captivating print that takes us back to the vibrant world of 18th-century British theater. Created by artist Patrick O'Brian, this illustration captures the essence of the theatrical experience during that era. In this scene, actors are suspended from scales adorned with the Latin motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem" meaning "All the worlds a stage". This phrase perfectly encapsulates the concept behind this artwork - emphasizing how life itself can be seen as a grand performance. The image showcases both male and female performers, each carefully measured on their respective steelyards. The balance between them symbolizes not only their physical weight but also their importance in creating an entertaining spectacle for audiences. Amongst these figures, we can spot Harlequin, a popular character known for his acrobatics and comedic antics. His presence adds an element of playfulness to the composition while highlighting his significant role in eighteenth-century theater. This print is part of Emily Morse Symonds' collection titled "Social Caricature in the Eighteenth Century" which features over two hundred illustrations by George Paston. Through her pseudonym, Symonds sheds light on various aspects of society during that time period. With its intricate details and monochrome aesthetic, "The Theatrical Steel Yards of 1750" transports viewers into a world where entertainment was at its peak. It serves as a reminder that even centuries later, theater

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