Title, printmaker, and imprint from published state. Plate etched for: Westmacott, C.M. English spy. London : Sherwood, Jones, and Co., 1825-1826. For published state see: No. 15232 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 10.
Scene in a crowded room lit by a few guttering candles, 'far exceeding in profligacy and dissipation' anything depicted by R obert Cruikshank in St. Giles. Men and women fight, drink, and smoke. An old soldier fiddles, a woman beats a drum for dancers who are almost hidden but apparently naked. Cruikshank stands on a table, pouring gin from a large tankard inscribed 'R.C' into raised glasses. One prostitute squirts liquid from her mouth at another, a third pulls on her stockings, incidents taken from Hogarth's 'Rake's Progress' (plate iii). 'Blackmantle' watches the fight, smoking a long pipe. On the walls are placards: 'No trust' and 'Pig and Whistle: Rules of the Club." British Museum catalogue.
Buff Club, at the Pig and Whistle, Avon Street, Bath
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