Judge Thumb, or, Patent sticks for family correction, warranted lawful! [graphic].
[London] Pubd. Novr. 27th, 1782, by W. Humphry [sic], No. 227 Strand [27 November 1782]
[27 November 1782]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 35.5 x 21.2 cm, on sheet 49 x 31 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 6123 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 43
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Originally published with the imprint: Pubd. Novr. 27th, 1782, by E. D'Achery, St. James's Street. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Sticks: fascines -- Laws: wife-beating ruled lawful. Old Print Shop ; Mar. 1961; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-29. 1 print on wove paper : etching ; sheet 34 x 25 cm. Sheet trimmed within plate mark; mounted to 56 x 37 cm.
Judge Buller of King's Bench, is shown walking towards the right in his judicial robes, carrying two bundles of sticks, each terminating in the shape of a thumb. To the rear and on a smaller scale is a man beating his wife with one of the judge's implements. Buller was reputed to have ruled that a wife could legitimately be beaten provided the stick used by her husband was no thicker than his thumb.
Patent sticks for family correction, warranted lawful
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Buller, Francis, 1746-1800 Harvey, Francis Judges -- England -- London -- 18th century Riviere & Son Wife abuse -- England -- Early works to 1800
Annotations (Provenance) Etchings -- England -- London -- 1782 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1782
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