|Title:||Prince Dorus; or, The Romance of the Nose
|Description:||Scene from Prince Dorus; or, The Romance of the Nose at the Olympic.
|Source:||The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1858, p. 513
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|Review:||The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1850, p. 513
Mr. Tom Taylor takes the subject of Madame D'Arblay's
"Prince Doras" for his Christmas piece—the pet of the
good and the prey of wicked fairies. The latter curse the
child in its cradle with a big nose. Furiosa is the
name of the "heldam," whose nasal malediction becomes
so inconveniently objective in another. The consternation
of the Royal pa and ma is excessive; but, in the second scene
(by which time, with railway speed, the youth has become a man
of one-and-twenty), they have got accustomed to the enormity of
their son's "prominent feature." He now
advertises for a wife, and receives in reply the portraits of
all the princesses in the world—all at least who are
marriageable. The portraits are clairvoyant, and discourse
with the lover, who thus holds a chat with the Princess of
Mignionette, and subsequently has an interview with the lady
herself. But the nose! She would fly from that.
Pursued, through earth, air, and water, she is at last caught
napping by the Prince, who, in stooping to kiss the
sleeping beauty, finds his nose too long. On this
discovery depended the spell. It is made, and the nose
sinks from a non-natural to a natural organ of sense. No
longer blind to his own defects, on their removal nothing
thenceforth stands in the way of his cherished object. And
thus successfully ends the "Romance of the Nose,"
|with a splendid tableau,
The scenes being all in the style of Watteau.
We have engraved the cleverly-managed scene of the