Staggering-bobs, a tale for Scotchmen, or, Munchausen driving his calves to market [graphic].
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[1 December 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 35.3 x 25.1 cm, on sheet 36 x 26 cm
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. One line of text below title: This print is dedicated to Lord Exxxl [i.e., Errol], his party, & the frequenters of Steevens's in general. Temporary local subject terms: Calves -- Reference to Steevens's Coffee House -- Reference to Baron Munchausen -- Dedication to George Hay, 16th Earl of Errol.
"George Hanger bestrides a pile of calves with which his pony is laden, high above his mount's head. He sits in profile to the left, carrying a bludgeon; his right leg thrust forward over the calves. The fore-feet and hind-feet of the calves are tied and lie across the pony and each other. Eleven heads are visible. Hanger says: "Here they are my Lord, here's the slunk Calves, by Gxx - no allusion, dxm'me! - almost forgot you was a North-Countrey-Man! - Runt carries weight well! - no less than Thirteen damme! - come push about the Bottle, & I'll tell you the Story; - In Scotland they eat no Veal, by Gxx! nothing but Staggering-Bobs, - by Gxx! - on my Honor & Soul I mean no insult! - but Tattersal he swore, d------n me, if he didn't, - that on a small Scotch Runt, he saw, Gxx dxxn my blood, - how many d'ye think he saw? - ( - "Saw what, Georgey? - ) - why Calves! - Staggering-Bobs to-be-sure! - why d'ye think he saw Seventeen? - no! - but dxxme, by Gxx, he saw Thirteen!!! - & all just upon such another little Cock-Horse as my own!!!' ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Munchausen driving his calves to market
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Hanger, George,--1751?-1824--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8890 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 215 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 437
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