- Autograph letter signed, to "Deare Sister"
Providing an eye-witness account of the opening night of The Man of Mode ("...It is writ by Etheridge, noe deep plot, but a great deale of witt..."), 2 pages, 4to (185 x 150 mm), Axe Yard, Westminster, 14 March 1676; some browning, slight adhesive traces on verso, trimmed at edge not affecting text. Green cloth folding-box and morocco backed-slipcase.
John R.B. Brett-Smith, (1917-2003; Sotheby's, 27 May 2004, lot 224). acquisition: Purchased at the foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch
"...This Sir Fopling Flutter makes at present all the discource, to discover the persons meant by it I find the general opinion will have Sir Fopling to be Mr Villiers, Lord Grandisons eldest son. Mr Batterton under the name of Dorimant meanes the Duke of Monmouth ... though Sir Fopling, speaking the Epilogue protests he is Knight of the Sheere & represents them all. & concluding that nothing was there of what was feard, for noe one for was hunted from the heard..."
A lively account of one of the greatest restoration comedies. The first performance of Etherege's The Man of Mode was at the Duke of York's Theatre on 11 March 1676. The author of this letter, Peter Killigrew, has been identified as one of the five sons of Sir Robert Killigrew (1579-1633), whose brothers included the dramatists Thomas (1612-83) and William Killigrew (1606-95).