Note 1. On the 14th of February, 1741, Macklin established his fame as an actor in the character of Shylock, in the Merchant of Venice. Macklins performance of this character so forcibly struck a gentleman in the pit that he, as it were involuntarily, exclaimed,
This is the Jew That Shakespeare drew!
It has been said that this gentleman was Mr. Pope, and that he meant his panegyric on Macklin as a satire against Lord Lansdowne.Biographia Dramatica, vol. i. part ii. p. 469. [back]