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Working over the flats in troubled water.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,1012.5004

  • Title (object)

    • Working over the flats in troubled water.
  • Description

    Sheridan, in Harlequin dress (cf. No. 9916), rows an open boat, over which large waves are breaking, towards a rock on the horizon inscribed 'Cape Clear', The others in the boat are (left to right) Moira, in the bows, Yarmouth pumping hard, the Regent, McMahon, and Lady Hertford who steers with an oar. Her identity is made unmistakable by a scarf streaming from her décolletée dress, inscribed 'Manchester Stuff [cf. No. 11878]. She says: Pull away Sherry—Til steer you—into—Blanket Bay'. Next her sits the Prince, vomiting, his head held by McMahon, who says, "This is Sorry—Work indeed." His hat, trimmed with his feathers and motto, 'Ich Dien', flies from his head, puffed by blasts from three winged (portrait) heads, two perhaps intended for Burdett and Whitbread. Sheridan says to Yarmouth: "Pump a way My Noble dont Flinch." Moira bestrides the bows of the boat clasping the flag-staff from which flies a Union Jack; he says: "I'll keep a good look-out a head for My Honours sake." Three other winds (unrecognizable), inscribed 'Mother Careys Chickens', blow against him (cf. No. 11050). On the horizon, surrounded with breakers, are buildings: (left) 'Yarmouth Peer', and (right) above Lady Hertford, 'Cuckolds-point', surmounted by a head with wide-spreading horns.
    Plate numbered 152.
    1 July 1812
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1812
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 345 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "July 1st 1812 Pubd by—Thos Tegg 111 Cheapside / Price One Shilling Coloured".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    A satire on the Household question, and on the parts played by Sheridan and Moira, see No. 11890. For the 'secret influence' of Lady Hertford see No. 11853.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11891 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Satires British 1812 Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1872,1012.5004

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) 
Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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