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A Morning Frolic, or the Transmutation of Sexes

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,7081.3029

  • Title (object)

    • A Morning Frolic, or the Transmutation of Sexes
  • Description

    A soldier and a woman in deshabille swapping clothes; the woman standing hands on hips on the left wearing the sword and tricorn; the man sitting demurely on the right holding a fan and wearing a bonnet; tea-tray and four poster bed behind, a dog jumping up at a parrot on the left and a book open on the floor inscribed 'Ovid's Metamorphoses done into English'; after Collett.
    Mezzotint with some etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1780 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 352 millimetres
    • Width: 252 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and 'From the Original PIcture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles. // 416 [altered in brown ink to '111', to which is added '274'] // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Publish'd as the Act directs, [date erased from this impression]'
  • Curator's comments

    See also the reduced version, dated 25 March 1780: 2010,7081.1968

    Sale catalogue listings
    Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 117 no. 428, among 'The following 34 new and elegant humorous Prints, are finely executed from the capital Paintings of that eminent Artist the late John Collet, Esq. in the Possession of Carington Bowles. Each print is 10 inches wide and 14 inches deep. When framed and glazed they make a handsome Appearance and Fashionable Furniture, and are always kept ready finished. Price 2s. plain, or finely coloured from the paintings, 3s. each.'; 1790, p. 107 no. 445, same price.

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  • Bibliography

    • Russell 1926 undescribed bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Mezzotints Ring-binder Large)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2010,7081.3029

A soldier and a woman in deshabille swapping clothes; the woman standing hands on hips on the left wearing the sword and tricorn; the man sitting demurely on the right holding a fan and wearing a bonnet; tea-tray and four poster bed behind, a dog jumping up at a parrot on the left and a book open on the floor inscribed 'Ovid's Metamorphoses done into English'; after Collett.  Mezzotint with some etching

Recto

A soldier and a woman in deshabille swapping clothes; the woman standing hands on hips on the left wearing the sword and tricorn; the man sitting demurely on the right holding a fan and wearing a bonnet; tea-tray and four poster bed behind, a dog jumping up at a parrot on the left and a book open on the floor inscribed 'Ovid's Metamorphoses done into English'; after Collett. Mezzotint with some etching

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