1 print : etching with aquatint, hand-colored ; sheet 29 x 38 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 5911 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 44
Title from text at bottom of image. Printmaker and date of publication from British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
"Gaetan Vestris (right) giving a dancing lesson to a gigantic goose with a human head and long pigtail queue. They face each other in profile. Vestris stands with his legs together, chest thrown out, his arms curved. "Regardez-moi" was his characteristic admonition. On a stool behind the goose is an open book inscribed "Electrical E. E. L."; on the ground at its feet is another inscribed "The Torpedo. Dedicated to Ld------C------. My Lord, I take the Liberty------ The greatness of whose Parts are known. . ." . This indicates that the goose is Lord Cholmondeley (1749-1827), "The Torpedo, a Poem to the Electrical Eel addressed to Mr John Hunter Surgeon" and "Dedicated to . . . Lord Cholmondeley," 4th ed. 1777, was a coarse and scurrilous poem, three lines of which are, "What tho' Lord Ch--lm--d--ly may conceal A most enormous length of Eel Admir'd for Size and bone:"In the wall which forms the background are two sash-windows and a door (left) round which a grinning youth, probably a servant, is looking. On the wall are half length portraits: three in ovals of elderly ladies in profile, one of a clergyman, full-face, wearing a biretta, his left hand on a book. There is also a picture of Fox, with a fox's head, seated opposite Cholmondeley; they are throwing dice. Fox appears satisfied, the other clenches his fist and exclaims in anger. A devil is climbing on the top of the frame and holds out a claw to grab the head of Fox. On the picture are the words "A Nick by God". Like Fox, see BMSat 5972, Cholmondeley held a faro bank at Brooks's. G.E.C., 'Complete Peerage'."-- British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Cholmondeley, George James Cholmondeley, Marquess of, 1749-1827 Clothing & dress -- England -- 1780-1790 Dance Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Geese Harvey, Francis Interiors -- England -- 18th century Ri Vestris, Gaëtan, 1729-1808
Etchings -- England -- 1781 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1781
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