A true & lamentable ballad call'd Billy Taylor [graphic] : shewing the fatal effects of inconstancy / J.N. 1804. The hog in the pound in Oxford Street [graphic] / Woodward delt.
Nixon, John, -1818, printmaker Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809, artist
[London] : London : Pub. Jany. 9, 1819 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly & 312 Oxford Street, Publish'd Sepr. 24, 1804 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London, [24 September 1804] [9 January 1819]
1 print : etching with soft ground, hand-colored, on wove paper ; plate mark 34.2 x 24.2 cm, on sheet 35 x 25 cm. 1 print : etching with stipple on wove paper ; plate mark 273 x 225 mm, on sheet 29 x 24 cm.
CtY-LW From the Laurie & Whittle series of Drolls. Not in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires. One line of text above design: (Sung by Mr. Bannister, of Drury Lane Theathre, Mr. Fawcett, and Mr. Emery, of Covent Garden. &c &c &c.) Plate numbered '367' in the lower left corner. Sheet trimmed to plate mark on two sides. Ten numbered stanzas of verse below title: Billy Taylor was a gay young fellow, full of mirth and full of glee, and his heart he did diskiver, to a lady gay and free ... Title below image, at head of verses. Title from caption below image.
"Illustration to a song engraved in three columns below the title: A scene on the shore, with a frigate in the offing. A grotesque naval officer, with wooden leg and black patch over one eye, takes the wrist of a young sailor of feminine appearance who holds a pistol. In the background (right) a dead sailor lies across the body of a woman. The song relates that Billy Taylor was taken by a press-gang; his sweetheart dressed as a sailor to follow him, but discovered his inconstancy with 'a lady gay', and shot him With his fair one in his hand. The last verse:'When the Captain com'd for to hear on't He werry much applauded her for what she'd done, And quickly he made her the first Lieutenant, Of the Gallant - Thunder Bomb.'"--British Museum online catalogue. A man with large lips and a flat nose is embraced by a young woman in bed beneath a coverlet. Both wear night caps. The bed is hung with curtains.
True and lamentable ballad call'd Billy Taylor
Beds Couples Eye patches Homicides Hugging Military officers--British Peg legs Sailing ships--British Sailors--British Signs (Notices)
Fores, S. W., publisher Laurie & Whittle, publisher
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10359
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