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Oh! Dear! What can the matter be! Johnny has been at the fair.

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  • Title (object)

    • Oh! Dear! What can the matter be! Johnny has been at the fair.
  • Description

    A pretty young woman (left) sits in an upright chair holding a distaff and spindle, looking disconsolately before her, trying to conceal her pregnancy by the position of her left arm. An elderly woman (right) leans forward, sternly scrutinizing; a young man standing besides her points derisively to a print on the wall, 'The Broken Pitcher', a girl looking at her fallen pitcher. 14 October 1793
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 199 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: ‘Publish'd as the Act directs, Octr 14 1793, by T. Prattent 46 Cloth Fair London’
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8404 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1793 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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