Framed oil painting: A Theatrical Scene, possibly Jeffery Dunstan as Dr Last by Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), oil on canvas, c. 1782–3.

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Museum number

2010.2.56

Object

Framed oil painting: A Theatrical Scene, possibly Jeffery Dunstan as Dr Last by Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), oil on canvas, c. 1782–3.

Gallery label

A Theatrical Scene, possibly Jeffery Dunstan as Dr Last
Johan Zoffany (1733–1810)
Oil on canvas, about 1782–3

This curious conversation has recently been attributed to Zoffany. It may be a scene from a production of Dr Last in his Chariot that starred Jeffery Dunstan, a popular celebrity. Dunstan (1759?–1797) was only four feet tall and made his living selling old wigs. In 1785 he won a mock-election to become Mayor of Garrett, the traditional leader of a south London community.

In this scene, the physician Last is offering ‘the juice of a simple yerb’ to a patient.

2010.2.56
The Somerset Maugham Collection, transferred from the National Theatre

On display?

Yes
image 2010-2-56-zoffany-theatrical-scene

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