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Squire Thomas just arrived

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1851,0901.16

  • Title (object)

    • Squire Thomas just arrived
  • Description

    Street scene; a fat man, plainly dressed and wearing riding-boots, is being dragged into a brothel by three fashionably dressed courtesans. One kisses him, one pulls, the third pushes him towards an open door (left) over which is a projecting sign, a calf's head in a dish inscribed "The Old, Calfs Head, Lodgings for Single Men by Sb Fleecem". The door lintel is inscribed "Kind & Tender Usage". The man holds out his hands in protest with an expression of dismay. A dwarfish ragged girl (right) appears to be picking his pocket. A fat old procuress (left) looks on laughing. A small dog (left) and the overturned equipment of a shoe-black (right) add to the confusion. In the background two men are in conversation, one smoking. After the title is engraved, "Touch me not! I'm still a Maid." 18 November 1778
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1778
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 355 millimetres
    • Width: 254 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication detail: 'Publish'd Novr 18th 1778 by W. Humphrey'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Attributed to Gillray (Grego, 'Gillray', p. 27); evidently by the same artist as BMSat 5523.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5524 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1778 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1851,0901.16

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1778  Etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1778 Etching

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