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Frying Sprats, Vide. Royal Supper

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  • Title (object)

    • Frying Sprats, Vide. Royal Supper
  • Description

    The Queen, much caricatured, sits over a fire in profile to the right, toasting sprats on a gridiron (then called a saveall, see BMSat 6965); a plate of fish stands on a high trivet beside her. She wears over-sleeves, a check apron over an under-petticoat on which hangs a pocket, bulging with guineas, but patched. Beneath the title is etched:

    '"Ah! such a pair was never seen,". . .' (see BMSat 7923). 28 November 1791
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint


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  • Date

    • 1791
  • Production place

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 232 millimetres
    • Width: 158 millimetres (trimmed)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "London, Pubd. Novr. 28th. 1791. by H. Humphrey N. 18. Old Bond Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    A companion print to BMSat 7923, the prints designed to be placed side by side.
    One of many attacks on the King and Queen for miserliness, in which, as usual, the Queen is the more severely treated. See BMSat 7836, &c.
    Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 133-4 (small copy). Wright and Evans, No. 66. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7922 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 28 November 1791  Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 28 November 1791 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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