The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Printed after Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), the print, published on August 30, 1811, depicts a fancy dress ball. Amongst the revelers, we see a lady magician complete with wand and spell-book, a lass dressed as a lad, and another as Janus, half male and half female. But, center stage, we see Punchinello, and, that always makes for a good party.
And, now, for the amusement of myself and other Phantom-folks...
Did you think that I had left you for good?
Have you missed me, good messieurs?
I have written you an opera!
Here I bring the finished score -
"Don Juan Triumphant!"
I advise you
to comply -
should be clear -
there are worse things
than a shattered chandelier . . .
Your chains are still mine -
you will sing for me!