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Punch's puppet shew.

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  • Title (object)

    • Punch's puppet shew.
  • Description

    Street scene. The showman (right) stands in profile to the right looking up at Punch and Judy who perform on their tiny stage, the supports of which are covered by a checked material. A monkey wearing a cocked hat and coat stands on his shoulder and takes an apple from the basket on the head of an apple-woman. A man plays a mechanical instrument (organ ?) in the foreground on the extreme right. The spectators gaze up intensely amused: A milkman (left), his yoke on his shoulder, has put down his pail, from which a second monkey dressed as a woman is drinking. A young woman holds out a hat for coins, while she picks the pocket of a spectator. A third monkey crouches on the ground. Beneath the title:
    'Now 's the Time for Mirth & Glee, - Sing & Laugh & Dance with me.' 12 September 1795


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 192 millimetres
    • Width: 238 millimetres (cut)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered but with rest of lettering cut off.
        Lettered: '[? I. Cruikshank del.]' and 'Published 12th Sepr 1795. by Laurie & Whittle. 53 Fleet Street, London.'
  • Bibliography

    • Laurie & Whittle Quarto Drolls 1795 161 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 8774 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Post-binder)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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