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An Engagement in Billingsgate Channel, between the Terrible and the Tiger, two First Rates

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.1.73

  • Title (object)

    • An Engagement in Billingsgate Channel, between the Terrible and the Tiger, two First Rates
  • Description

    Two Billingsgate fish-women face each other with clenched fists, one (left) is very stout; a small boy clasps her by the leg, in alarm. The other wears a cloak, the hem of which is being tugged at by a small boy who stands behind her, attempting to stop the engagement. Their baskets of fish are on the ground. Two men (right) watch the fray, one, holding a sack over his shoulder, has a beard and appears to be a Jew; a boy puts his hand into the sack. The side of a vessel (right) shows that the place is by the side of Billingsgate quay or dock. Behind is a public house, the sign displayed on a first-floor balcony: three barrels, and the name CHURCH. 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 351 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "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. 464
  • Curator's comments

    See also the reduced version: 2010,7081.1765

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5956 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.73)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.1.73

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) [a scene outside an inn with two fishwives squaring up to each other and two children try to pull them apart].  1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) [a scene outside an inn with two fishwives squaring up to each other and two children try to pull them apart]. 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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