Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778-1837 © First Night Design

First Night Design | Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778–1837 | First Night Design


Reblogged to commemorate Grimaldi’s death on this day, 31st May, 1837. Click through to buy the greeting card or postcard and to get the joke!

Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778-1837 © First Night Design
Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778-1837 © First Night Design

A story is told that in 1806 a man goes to visit a doctor who is acclaimed for his ability to treat melancholia. “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep,” says the man. “I feel constantly miserable.  Please help me, doctor.”

“Laughter is the best medicine, my friend,” says the doctor. “Take yourself off to Covent Garden Theatre* where you will find The Great Grimaldi performing in Harlequin and Mother Goose; or the Golden Egg. It is exquisitely funny and will cure you of all your ills without…

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3 thoughts on “First Night Design | Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778–1837 | First Night Design

  1. I missed this one originally, so it was good to be able to read the full post.
    I think he’s a bit scary in his clown make-up, but it’s a lovely historical piece indeed, Sarah.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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