The moment of imagination

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The moment of imagination. Edward Topham, a pen in his hand, has just kicked over his circular writing table in frenzied inspiration. He raises his clenched fist. An inkstand and fragments of paper inscribed Epilogue Mrs W.. Wells Hay-Market, Epilogue Mrs S..s Siddons Drury-Lane, and Prologue for Miss F.. Farren Covent Garden lie on the floor. On the wall hangs an oval bust portrait of Mrs Siddons. Over Topham's head is a small parrot in a cage, saying, Bravo Cptn. Prologue! Bravo!. Date 1785 Jan. 13.

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