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Summer 2017 was a good time for memes. Why? Simply because the 'distracted boyfriend' meme was born.
https://t.co/Ll1gM4N84J— Reverend Scott (@Reverend Scott) 1503499408
Its official title was ‘Disloyal Man Walking With His Girlfriend and Looking Amazed at Another Seductive Girl’.
'Distracted boyfriend' had a better ring to it and people had a lot of fun.
Well, someone found its 18th century ancestor.
We present, Joshua Reynolds’ painting, ‘Garrick: Between Tragedy and Comedy’.
Sir Joshua Reynolds, born in 1762 was a painter who specialised in portraits. The one in question was painted of the 18th century actor David Garrick. He is depicted as being stuck between comedy and tragedy, a nod to the actor’s many tragic and comedic roles.
The resemblance is uncanny.
@ELXGANZA @temptoetiam I see no difference https://t.co/GtK4DwDVrz— Puck the tall Hobbit🧜♀️✊ (@Puck the tall Hobbit🧜♀️✊) 1523913369
People pointed out that not much has changed in 300 years...
@ELXGANZA Not much has changed https://t.co/ZSvFwnmMPY— EVRYDAY IM HODLING 👨🏽💻🐕🚀🌔 (@EVRYDAY IM HODLING 👨🏽💻🐕🚀🌔) 1523917749
And then, like all iconic images that find their way on the viral road, it was given the meme treatment.
@ELXGANZA https://t.co/eAoU8Z7fwa— Fitz❤️🔥Bunny (@Fitz❤️🔥Bunny) 1523949801
@ELXGANZA https://t.co/x9nqIB7Ltt— Zoe and Rocco’s Modern life ✡️🇵🇸🤦🏽♂️ (@Zoe and Rocco’s Modern life ✡️🇵🇸🤦🏽♂️) 1523897959
@ELXGANZA https://t.co/YRqHaOVJnU— Zoe and Rocco’s Modern life ✡️🇵🇸🤦🏽♂️ (@Zoe and Rocco’s Modern life ✡️🇵🇸🤦🏽♂️) 1523898301
@ELXGANZA https://t.co/tqg6mWez6i— Another Angry Voice (@Another Angry Voice) 1523913856
@Angry_Voice @JeroenDeDauw @ELXGANZA https://t.co/LeXZM5xIDB— Batist Leman (@Batist Leman) 1523950932
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