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Such a Capital Actor

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In 1827 there was a new and controversial prime minister, George Canning.  More than half a century earlier his mother, Mary Ann, had appeared at Drury Lane Theatre.  A month after Canning took office, and two months after Mary Ann's death, a London newspaper, The Age, published a copy of a play-bill from her 1774 benefit night, along with the following explanation:  "Many of our readers are not probably…

Mary Ann Hunn - Always something new

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The National Portrait Gallery in London has recently acquired a political cartoon from 1820 in which a devilish George Canning, his face alive with malice, envy and ambition, is shown with bellows labelled "Mother Hunn" fanning the flames beneath the three witches' cauldron, the three witches being (I think) Lords Castlereagh, Liverpool and Sidmouth.  The King and the Duke of York look on, while the…

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