Lane, Theodore (drawn and engraved by).
London. C. S. Arnold. 1825.
Aquatint with hand-colored detail, 9 1/2 x 6 inches depicting, in comic form, the life of an actor as he progresses from "Poverty" at the bottom of the print to "Mediocrity" at the center, finally climbing the ladder through mushroom clouds to a theatre stage at the top, where a battle scene is in progress. The caption reads "Royalty Witnessing the Efforts of Genius." The print evidently was contained in Pierce Egan's "The Life of an Actor" published in 1825. The print is in a decorative mat 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches with a label indicating it came from the Olney Collection of Theatre Memorabilia. Very light crease to mat. An attractive comic illustration casting light on life in the theatre. Item #53340