The Rival Richards, or Sheakspear in Danger

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Two tragic actors Edmund Kean and Charles Mayne Young are here satirized struggling to control Shakespeare. Both are dressed as Richard III to indicate their rivalry on the London stage in that part. Behind Kean at left is the Drury Lane Theatre with Covent Garden at right behind Young. The latter's more declamatory style gave him the edge as the city's leading tragedian until Kean's more natural approach took the public's fancy after his 1807 debut. Heath made this print around the time he turned twenty.

The Rival Richards, or Sheakspear in Danger, William Heath ('Paul Pry') (British, Northumbria 1794/95–1840 Hampstead), Hand-colored etching

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