(FORREST, Theodosius)

The Roast Beef of Old England. A Cantata.


Broadside, folio, (overall 10 1/2? x 15?) engraving after William Hogarth at top (9 1/2? x 7?) , letter press cantata in triple column separated by woodcut ornament, fine copy, laid down on backing sheet.


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Product Description

Theodosius Forrest (1728-1784), author, lawyer and song writer has taken William Hogarth?s painting ?O? The Roast Beef of Old England &c.? and with his exceptional talent as a song writer has written this Cantata based on that famous painting. Forrest was a member of the Beef Steak Club. First line: ?Twas at the Gate of Calais, Hogarth Tells?. This exceptionally rare item is listed in Foxon F198 where it refers to Hogarth?s original print which was issued in 1749, but suggesting that this Cantata was written and published at a later date. Foxon records only a copy at the British Museum where it is listed in Catalogue of Personal and Political Satires No 3053. There it records a copy with two columns of letter press beneath the engraving, but Foxon records only the triple column version which tallies with this copy. ESTC on line records only one known version (Huntington Library), dated as c1760?, but of a different size to this one, which would suggest that this an earlier version, if not the first.