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The city 'prentice at his master's door

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  • Title (object)

    • The city 'prentice at his master's door
  • Description

    A young man stands on the pavement outside an arched doorway through which can be seen a short elderly man behind a counter. Over the door is inscribed, "Young & Wife Mercers". Rolls of material are piled up on shelves. The apprentice stands with his legs apart, his right hand in his waistcoat, his left in his breeches pocket. He is dressed like a macaroni and wears a nosegay. On the right. a woman who has just passed by looks round at him; she carries on her head a basket of vegetables. Just behind her walks a little chimney-sweeper with his brush and bag of soot. On the left two young women have just passed, one looks round at the apprentice. 1 January 1773 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1773
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 179 millimetres
    • Width: 113 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    From 'Every Man's Magazine', i. 257.
    Reproduced, M. D. George, 'England in Transition', p. 172.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5212 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1773 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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