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He was not cited again in London advertisements until 29 January 1728, when Page 3 he was Harry Paddington in The Beggar's Opera at Lincoln's Inn Fields. In July and August at the same house he danced, and the following 18 January 1729 Eaton acted a Sicilian and a Gardener in The Rape of Proserpine. He turned up at Blackheath Fair on 30 September 1729 to play Grigg in The Beggar's Wedding and Hob in Flora, after which he joined the Goodman's Fields troupe for the 172930 season. There he danced and essayed such roles as the Wlesh Collier in The Recruiting Officer, Dicky in The Constant Couple, Pierot in The Fashionable Lady, Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Dorcas Guzzle in The Cobler of Preston.

That employment the "Life" also neglected to mention. In 1799 Edwards's friend Boydell commissioned him to paint a scene from The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He painted a number of subjects from the bard's works for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, and he provided some portraits of actors for Lowndes's New English Theatre. In 1800 his mother died at the age of 93; she had apparently been in his care the previous 40 years. Edwards published A Treatise on Perspective in 1803 and spent his last years preparing Anecdotes of Painters who Have Resided or Been Born in ENGLAND; with Critical Remarks on Their Productions.

After 1705 the rate of his theatrical composing diminished, but he continued writing music for court celebrations, for which he usually received special fees (in 171516 he was paid £22 for compositions for New Year's Day and the King's birthday, for instance). In time Eccles gave up his musical career and retired to Kingston, where he spent his days angling on the Thames. He died on 12 January 1735. Eccles had written his will on 30 July 1728, cutting off his three daughters, Ann, Bridget, and Mary, with a shilling each.

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