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'Alas, poor ghost!' Robert William Elliston (1774-1831) and accomplice whipping
unprotected legs of Ghost (William Dowton 1764-1851) with rattan canes as he is
being lowered through a trap. The Ghost wears armour and carries a truncheon.
His legs have already disappeared from the sight of the audience through the trap.
He has a pained expression on his face, and the general effect is intended to
be comic. In the foreground a man winds the winch that lowers the trap upon which
the Ghost is standing.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.8
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.4
Artist (Original work): Cruikshank, George
Date (Original work):
Medium: Etching (signed)
Size: 13 x 9.7 cms; 5 x 3 7/8 in (irregular) (16.5 x 10.2 full sh)
Actor: Dowton, William
Location:FSL. Art File E47 no. 11. See George Raymond's THE LIFE AND ENTERPRISES
OF ROBERT ELLISTON, 1844.