COVENT GARDEN THEATRICAL FUND. Patron The Kings Most Excellent Majesty. Seventh Public Anniversary His Royal Highness the Duke of York in the Chair. [London], Wednesday, January 30th, 1822.
Engraved ticket on card stock (108 x 151 mm); Covent Garden wax seal, ms. annotations, evenly a little toned.
This rare survival is a ticket priced one pound and one shilling. The date of the event was changed by hand to February 27th, and on the verso is the purchaser's name the Most Noble Marquis of Stafford. On the front is the secretary Daniel Egerton's signature and the number of the ticket (139) in ink. The allegorical engraving - a little reminiscent of William Blake - is by Charles Corbould. The fund had been instituted in 1765 'for supporting aged, indigent, and infirm actors and actresses of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, and relieving their widows and children'. The fund is now incorporated in the The Royal Theatrical Fund.