© National Portrait Gallery, London
Ira Frederick Aldridge as Mungo in 'The Padlock'
by T. Hollis, published by John Tallis & Company, after William Paine Click on the links below to find out more
stipple and line engraving, published circa 1850
10 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (274 mm x 176 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- T. Hollis (active 1849), Engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
- William Paine (active 1849-1858), Photographer. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- John Tallis & Company, Publishers. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
This print shows Aldridge in one of his most famous roles as the slave, Mungo in the operetta The Padlock by Bickerstaffe, in which he sang, danced and played guitar, mixing protest with comedy.
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