Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Print du Jour
In addition to this seasonal etching we have a range of satirical prints for sale in the gallery. Caricatures offer an interesting and humorous insight into the socio-historical trends of the day and can depict subjects ranging from current political opinion to the latest fashions.
Skaiting - Dandies, Shewing Off
Etching with hand colouring
Pub.d by Tho.s Tegg, 111 Cheapside London. c.1818
Image 220 x 329 mm
Plate numbered 332 in top right corner.
Ladies stand on a snow-covered bank in the middle distance watching the skaters. In the foreground are four skaters in absurd positions. A dandy lies on his back, trying to ward off with one leg another who reels backward striking him on the chin with the point of his skate; the former says: "What are you at there! you'll put my wig out of Buckle." The other exclaims: "O Lord! how they are laughing at us!" A third dandy has collided with a fat man whom he clasps round the waist; both are about to fall heavily on the prostrate skater. He says: "Pon honor Sir I beg pardon! you must thank the Ladies!" Men in the distance skate with ease; some play (?) hockey with sticks and a cork.
(Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
BM Satires 13074