Actor George Grossmith (1847-12-09 – 1912-03-01) in "Patience" portraying the aesthetic poet Reginald Bunthorne, one of two take offs of Oscar Wilde and Aestheticism in the play.
'Inscribed on the underside: "Fearful consequences through the laws of Natural Selection and Evolution of living up to one's Teapot.' This teapot is a satire on the utterances of... Darwinism, and the Aesthetic movement, which swept England and America in the 1870s and 1880s.
"Design for an Æsthetic Theatrical Poster" from the May 7, 1881 issue of Punch. Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience and F. C. Burnand's The Colonel had only just premièred, and it was a hot topic.