Title from note in artist's hand above image. Artist name from dealer's description. Study (or copy) for a print of the same title that was published July 1801 by W. Holland. Not reversed. John Nixon (ca. 1750 - 1818), city merchant and amateur watercolourist (topography) and designer and maker of satirical prints; honorary exhibitor in RA between 1781 and 1815. Purchased from Abbott and Holder, July 2016. Formerly in the collection of Ronald Searle, who acquired it from Andrew Blake in 1954.
An old woman dressed in her nightcap and gown, her one breast hanging exposed from her gown, climbs into bed in which her husband already lies. She expels gas from her bottom in the direction of the candle on the ground in front of the fireplace with such force that it lifts the cat off the ground and bends the candle. Above the fireplace is a broadside entitled: The storm by Mr. Dodd, cease rude boreas balstering railes ... On the table below the window (left) is a bowl labeled "Pease porridge" and a wig on a stand. On the ground at her feet lies a corset, shoes and other garments. Above the bed are boxed and breeches; a man's coat is hung on the back of the chair to the right of the hearth.
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Drawings N736 no. 7 Drawings N736 no. 7
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