|Theatrical Leap Frog|
Print, hand-colored, 1804
The Victoria & Albert Museum
This hand-colored engraving entitled "Theatrical Leap Frog" is a caricature of the child actor Master Betty leaping over John Philip Kemble--a famed English actor of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. It was published in London by Rudolph Ackerman (1765-1834).
It represents the growing popularity of novelty acts as they surpassed legitimate drama in fashion. The original was drawn by Thomas Rowlandson.