Francis Hayman (English, 1708-1776) and Studio
Scene III from The Devil to Pay or The Wives Metamorphosed by Charles Coffey
Oil on canvas
54 x 80 inches (137.16 x 203.2 cm)
Ventom & Hughes, Vauxhall Gardens Sale, October 12, 1841 (lot 182)
The Earl of Lonsdale Collection, Lowther Castle Sale, April 29, 1947 (lot 1857, bt. by Mr. Rodd),
John Emerson, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, by 1987
Roy Clyde Gardner, Union, MS
This work is one of approximately 15 surviving paintings of the 50 commissioned by Jonathan Tyers for the supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens, Britain's first commercial pleasure garden. It depicts a scene from Charles Coffey's ballad opera The Devil to Pay or The Wives Metamorphos'd, an adaptation of Thomas Jevon's play The Devil of a Wife (1686), first performed, with enormous success at Drury Lane Theatre, London on August 6, 1731. The Devil to Pay was a breakthrough role for Kitty Clive, who later became one of the founding members of David Garrick's acting company.
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