Charles Nicholl: Samuel Foote, 23 May 2013
Show More Mr Foote’s Other Leg: Comedy, Tragedy and Murder in Georgian London by Ian Kelly.
Picador, 462 pp., £18.99, October 2012, 978 0 330 51783 6Show More
“... glance might be thought another Reynolds but which is actually by a French artist, Jean-François Colson. Painted in 1769, it shows Foote in his late forties. With his droll, puffy face, and the bleary twinkle in his eye, he is not a million miles from W.C. Fields. There was something infectious about Foote, whether on the stage or in person. You might not ...”