High life below stairs [graphic] / Robert Cruikshank fecit.
Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
[London] : Pubd. by G. Tregear 136 Drury Lane, [1825?]
1 print : etching and aquatint on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 31 cm.
Title from caption below image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Companion print to: Blind man's buff. Not in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires.
In the upper left a group of three musicians play instruments as a black man in livery dances at the center of a well-dressed group revelers in a servants' hall decorated for the Christmas holidays. The masters of the house and their guests look on. The chandelier and long case clocks are decorated with holly and mistletoe hangs from the ceiling. One man kisses a large, buxom woman who recoils in surprise. Another couple flirt on the right at a table opposite a man who has passed out, playing cards strewn on the floor at his feet. The back wall is dominated by a large cupboard filled with dishes and platters.
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