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The Contrast

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.1.71

  • Title (object)

    • The Contrast
  • Description

    Satire: the interior of a well-appointed tavern, with a thin, fashionably dressed Frenchman on the left, mocking a fat Englishman who is smoking a pipe, his tankard labelled 'John / Bull / the / George', while others look on; a serving woman stands at a bar in the background; the case of the clock on the wall has a chinoiserie design; date erased. 1783
    Hand-coloured mezzotint with etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1783
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 351 millimetres
    • Width: 252 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and lines spoken by the two men "Ve ave beat a you Dam-mi-na-bly" and "You Lye Damnably"; with "R.Dighton del. / Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered bl. 507
  • Curator's comments

    The allusion in the antagonists' conversation is to the conclusion of the American War of Independence.
    Dighton's original watercolour for this print was sold at Sotheby's, 30 April 1953 and again from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 97.

    See 2010,7081.904 for a state with the date

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 3757 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.71)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.1.71

Satire: the interior of a tavern, with a thin Frenchman mocking a fat Englishman who is smoking a pipe, while others look on.  c.1783/4  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: the interior of a tavern, with a thin Frenchman mocking a fat Englishman who is smoking a pipe, while others look on. c.1783/4 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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