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The Pretty Waterwoman, or Admiral Purblind just run aground by Peggy Pullaway

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.1.110

  • Title (object)

    • The Pretty Waterwoman, or Admiral Purblind just run aground by Peggy Pullaway
  • Description

    A gaily-dressed young woman sculling a naval officer who sits in the stern, holding his cane in the water and looking through a single eye-glass at a swan accompanied by a cygnet. A King Charles dog puts its paws on the edge of the boat and looks at the swan. The admiral is in naval uniform with a pigtail queue. The lady wears a feathered hat tilted forward on her high-dressed hair and a low-cut bodice; on the stern of the boat is a design of a cupid riding on a dolphin. The water winds among lawns, trees, and bushes. In the middle distance two ladies are fishing; one holds a rod over the water, the other, seated beside her, holds up a fish. 12 April 1780
    Hand-coloured mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1780
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 249 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title followed by "from the original picture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles", and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]" Numbered bl 418.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Reproduced, C. N. Robinson, 'The British Tar in Fact and Fiction', 1909, p. 248.

    (Supplementary information)
    The published date is on another coloured impression in the BM (1877,1013.883).

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5819 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.110)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.1.110

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  12 April 1780  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 12 April 1780 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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