The two decades between 1830 and 1850 were not only the golden age of Romantic Ballet, but the golden age of pantomime, as well. Sacheverell Sitwell wrote of English clowns such as Tom Mathews that they were "...something more than clowns. They were eccentric dancers of genius, with ability to burlesque, or to play in straight roles with the greatest dancers of the Romantic period." Mathews was so famous for his parody of Fanny Elssler and Pauline Duvernay in their "Cachucha" that he actually performed it with Duvernay in the ballet Le Diable Boiteux.