High life below stairs [graphic] / Collett pinxt. ; Caldwell sculp.
London Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 Fleet Street, & J. Smith, No. 35 Cheapside, publish'd as the act directs 20 May 1772
1 print : etching & engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 25.7 x 36.5 cm, on sheet 28 x 43 cm
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.
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.
Candlesticks Cats Dogs Interiors Irons (Pressing) Kitchens Music
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1772 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1772 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1772
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