An Old Macaroni Critic at a New Play

St. George created this cartoon to mock Dr. Richard Farmer, a British theater critic and clergyman. Dr. Farmer taught at Cambridge University during St. George’s studies there. At Dr. Farmer’s feet lies a book with a satirical title and author: “The Critical Quacking or Rules for Judging of the Sublime in Tragedy by Benjamin Bombast.” St. George admired theater and drama throughout his life. Apparently, Dr. Farmer did not care for the same kinds of productions that St. George did, ones that challenged tradition and broke boundaries.

An Old Macaroni Critic at a New Play 
Drawn by Richard Mansergh St. George; Published by Matthew and Mary Darly 
November 16, 1772
Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University