Print with Madame Vestris and Mr Liston

Print with Madame Vestris and Mr Liston

In 1826, Eliza Vestris, dressed as a Dutch Girl, had a great hit with the song Buy a Broom, for which Alexander Lee set new words to an old German air. At her benefit later that year, Vestris teamed up with John Liston and, dressed in similar costumes, they sang the ballad as a duet. Liston was acknowledged as one of the funniest performers of his generation, and the combination of the bizarre and nonsensical comedian with the exquisite Vestris proved irresistible. The impression that the duet made was so great that Ingrey and Madeley found it profitable to issue this commemorative lithograph. Lithography was introduced at the beginning of the 19th century and was the first important mass printing technique for illustrations. At this time, colour was still applied by hand. You can see in the background of the image that Ingrey and Madeley took every opportunity to advertise themselves and their new technology!