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The York jig,

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  • Title (object)

    • The York jig,
  • Description

    The Duke of York (right) dances a jig or hornpipe with a housemaid wearing a mob-cap and apron, who holds up a broom. The mistress of the house sits on a settee against the wall, watch-them with gestures of rage and indignation. Two men, blowing wind-instruments, watch from a musicians' gallery (left), on which is inscribed 'Horns! Horns! Horns!' Under the gallery persons are indicated turning their backs on the dancers. After the title is etched: 'Hic est, cujus amans hospita capta dolo est.' Beneath are the verses:

    'See See the fair one by her Guest betray 'd,
    By York deserted - rivall'd by her Maid
    T-r-n-l, lovely Bride, no longer mourn
    His love, since Spider Brushers serve his Turn,
    The Cook maid next will strike this loving Man
    With Kissing Crusts, & Meat sops in the Pan.' 9 September 1788 Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1788
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 338 millimetres
    • Width: 237 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    For the Duke of York's attachment to Lady Tyrconnel see Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, v. 201. She married Lord Tyrconnel in 1780 as his second wife. See also BMSats 7530, 7633, 7741.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7373 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Satires British 1788 Unmounted Roy

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Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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