High life below stairs [graphic] / Collett pinxt. ; Caldwell sculp.

Published/Created:
London
Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 Fleet Street, & J. Smith, No. 35 Cheapside, publish'd as the act directs
20 May 1772
Physical Description:
1 print : etching & engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 25.7 x 36.5 cm, on sheet 28 x 43 cm
Notes:
Title from item.
After painting by Collet titled: High taste in low life, exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1765. Cf. Catalogue of the paintings, sculptures ... exhibiting by the Free Society of Artists, 1765, no. 63.
Not in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires.
Temporary local subject terms: Interiors: townhouse kitchen -- Containers: warming pan -- Irons.
Suckling; November 1958; Acquisitions no.: 958-11-2-2.
Abstract:
A young maid seated by the kitchen table is admiring in a small mirror her coiffure as it is being arranged by a footman. A little girl playing by the window is mimicking his work on her rag doll. In the foreground on rihgt, an old woman is washing clothes in a large tub. On the other side of the kitchen an maid plays a mandolin while singing together with a footman seated by her side. A small shaggy pet dog sits on an open music book by their feet, howling in accompaniment. A kitten plays with the ribbons of a hat left leaning against the table leg on the floor. In the background is a large fireplace with dishes and candlesticks on the mantle and a bird-cage from which a large black bird peeks curiously at the hairdressing in progress.
Associated Names:
Caldwall, James, 1739-1819 [Printmaker]
Collet, John, 1725?-1780 [Artist]
Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794 [Publisher]
Smith, John, fl. 1750-1792 [Publisher]
Topics:
Candlesticks
Cats
Dogs
Interiors
Irons (Pressing)
Kitchens
Music
Language:
English
Genre:
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1772
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1772
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1772
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Call Number:
772.05.20.02+
Orbis Record:
8328028
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr03357
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10715920
PID:
digcoll:941500