'The Rival Romeos or Coates and Mathews' (Robert Coates (1772–1848)
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Print, engraving, The Rival Romeos or Coates and Mathews (Robert Coates (1772–1848). Entitled 'The Rival Romeos or Coates and Mathews', circa 1800.
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The afterpiece was 'At Home', in which Mr. Mat- / thews so successfully burlesques and imitates Mr. Coates in the / part of Lothario. The novelty of this evening was Mr. Coates / himself, in the front of one of the dress-boxes, near the stage, / placed there, as it should seem, to invite comparison between / him and his imitator. The rival Romeos, upon this occasion, / cordially shook hands, and bowed ludicrously to each other, / to the infinite amusement of the whole house, which was lite- / rally convulsed with laughter. (printed on paper attached above and below print)