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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    J,4.251

  • Description

    Broadside without image, relating to the satire ''The Word Eater' (BMSat.7390)
    Letterpress

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1788
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 248 millimetres
    • Width: 185 millimetres (sheet)
  • Curator's comments

    This letterpress advertises 'The original stone eater' who was on show at Mr Hatch's, Trunk-maker, at 404 Strand, opposite the Adelphi. This phenomenon gave the idea for the satires by Dent of George III swallowing the precious stones given him by Warren Hastings (BMSat7287) and of Fox eating his words (BMSat7390). This copy of the broadside is a duplicate of J.4-252, and is pasted on the verso of J.4-15.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7390 (cf) bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    J,4.251

Broadside relating to the satire ''The Word Eater' (BMSat.7390)
Letterpress

Broadside relating to the satire ''The Word Eater' (BMSat.7390) Letterpress

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