Leatherhead Lanthorn



  • A fairground crook and "profane professor of poetry"in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair (1614), who was intendedby the playwright to represent the architect and stage-designer InigoJones. The long-running feud between the two men arose froma disagreement over the priority given to their names on the title-pagesof the masques upon which they collaborated at the courtof James I. At first Jonson, who was responsible for the texts ofthe masques and arranged their publication, gave Jones full creditfor his contribution, writing in Hymenaei (1606): "Thedesign and Act...belongs properly to the Merit and Reputationof Master Inigo Jones." Later, however, he belittled Jones'srole and from 1614 onwards refrained from mentioning his collaboratorat all, while caricaturing him in plays and verse. After BartholomewFair the feud smouldered for a few years before breaking intoflame again in the 1630s. Their last collaboration was Chloridiain 1631. By this time Jones was pre-eminent and Jonson's star wason the wane; Jones wanted not only full acknowledgment but also agreater part in the intellectual content of the entertainments. Tothe irascible Jonson this was the height of pretension on the partof a "Master Surveyor" who had now "leapt forthan architect".

    Jones continued in favour at court, planning the masques inpersonal consultation with Charles I; Jonson, by contrast, was almostpenniless when he died in 1637.