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A trip to Scarborough.

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  • Title (object)

    • A trip to Scarborough.
  • Description

    A group of people, strung out in a line, standing on the cliffs at Scarborough.
    On the extreme edge of the cliffs (right) stand two gentlemen gazing at the view, the nearer holds his hat in his hand, and looks up as if absorbing the sea air. Slightly behind are two ladies, one with an arrangement of lace and ribbons on the summit of a very high pyramid of hair, the other with a calash hood concealing her equally high head-dress. Next come two quite young ladies talking to each other, one with a calash hood, the other with a large hat tilted forwards on her pyramid of hair. Next are two children: a very little girl stands between the older child and the young lady with a hat, reaching up an arm towards each.
    The next couple are an elderly lady in a calash hood and a pretty young lady elaborately dressed, who looks coyly down and away from the addresses being paid her by a man who stands behind the elder of the two children. Another man, apparently a disappointed rival, turns his back. Behind, on the extreme left, are a gentleman and lady, both in riding-dress, her arm through his, with discontented expressions.
    The landscape shows the line of the bay with cliffs and rising moor behind - no building is visible. For the calash hood see BMSat 5433, &c. 3 March 1783 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1783
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
    • Width: 408 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Js Brether ton f." and "Publish'd 3d March 1783. by James Bretherton."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Apparently unconnected with Sheridan's play of the same title.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6345 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1783 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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