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Youth and Age

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.1.78

  • Title (object)

    • Youth and Age
  • Description

    An old apple-woman sits asleep beside a table on which fruit (apples and strawberries) is arranged, with baskets under the table. A dog sleeps beside her. A little boy (left) pushes an ear of corn up her nose; a little girl eggs him on. The children are dressed up, as if for Sunday, and the scene is in the fields near London, St. Paul's on the horizon. Behind the woman (right) is a closed box, resembling a sentry-box, on which are placards including an enlistment notice, the right part cut off: 'All able bo[died men . . .] willing to [serve . . .] five gui[neas . . .].' ? 1793 [See curatorial comment]
    Hand-coloured mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1780-1790
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 346 millimetres
    • Width: 243 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. [Publication date and series number cut off]
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Perhaps earlier than 1793. [? 1780s] C. Bowles died in 1793 and the firm became Bowles and Carver. See vol. v, p. xxxviii.
    In 1793 the bounty offered to recruits was ten guineas; Fortescue, 'Hist. of the British Army', iv. 887.

    (Supplementary information)
    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 11.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8414 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.78)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.1.78

A boy, egged on by a girl, tickling with a grass the nostril of an old woman sleeping beside a table laden with fruit and vegetables, while a dog sleeps by her feet.  ?1780s  Hand-coloured mezzotint

A boy, egged on by a girl, tickling with a grass the nostril of an old woman sleeping beside a table laden with fruit and vegetables, while a dog sleeps by her feet. ?1780s Hand-coloured mezzotint

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