Lond[o]n Pub. by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly Feb. 28, 1798
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25.1 x 35.2 cm., on sheet 27 x 39 cm.
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires / Mary Dorothy George, v. 7, no. 9305
Title etched below image. Temporary local subject terms: Adultery -- Cuckolds -- Divorce: crim con damages -- Trades: tailors -- Lawyers -- Barbers -- London square. John Bull Prints; February 1985; Acquisitions no.: 985-2-5-13. Watermark: J Whatman 1794. Printseller's stamp in lower right of plate: S.W.F.
"Two lovers embrace within a small shed inscribed 'Strong Box' supported on a pole; a tailor with huge shears is about to cut the pole, saying, "I'll upset the basket". The open doors of the shed are 'Modesty' and 'Chastity'. Behind is sketched an equestrian statue with a railing, indicating a London square. On the right is a room, flanked on the left by a high folding screen on which are bills with the titles of chap-books or songs relating to tailors, the uppermost being 'The Brighton Taylor' (see BMSat 6942, &c). In the room five men with horns sprouting from their heads approach a (?) lawyer sitting at a writing-table, who says, "Say & seal, I say said & sealed". One stands on a three-legged stool, two legs of which have been replaced by moneybags, each inscribed '£2,500'. He says: "Joys that none but a married man can know - would that there was a Taylor here to measure them, but it would cost five thousand - " [Other inscriptions have not been transcribed.] An old man with a crutch looks round the screen at the lovers, saying, "D------d good Trade Ill go & get married too."--British Museum online catalogue.
Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811? [Printmaker] Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811? [Artist] Fores, S. W. [Publisher]
Adultery Barbers Couples Divorce -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800 Hugging Lawyers Tailors
Booksellers' stamps (Provenance) -- S. W. Fores Etchings -- England -- London -- 1798 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1798 Watermarks (Paper) -- G R. Watermarks (Paper) -- J Whatman -- 1794
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