The three most celebrated are Joseph Grimaldi (1779-1837), the French Carlin (1713-1783), and Richard Tarlton, in the days of Queen Elizabeth, who acted at the galleried inn called the Belle Sauvage.
“To sit with Tarlton on an alehouse signe.”
Bishop Hall: Satires.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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