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Two Privateers attacking a Man of War

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  • Title (object)

    • Two Privateers attacking a Man of War
  • Description

    A military officer in uniform, in profile to the left, between two courtesans, each of whom holds him by an arm. He wears a gorget, riding-boots, and spurs. The women are elaborately dressed in the fashion of the day, wearing large hats over muslin caps. Trees form the background, with an elderly man (right) walking in profile to the right. On the left is the back of a seat, behind which is an officer in back view. The scene is perhaps St. James's Park, where such encounters were said to be common. c.1783
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1782-1784
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 251 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and with "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered bl. 482.
  • Curator's comments

    Sale catalogue listings
    Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 119 no. 477; 1790, p. 109 no. 504'

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6349 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.19)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1783  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1783 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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