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An Evenings Invitation; with a Wink from the Bagnio

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  • Title (object)

    • An Evenings Invitation; with a Wink from the Bagnio
  • Description

    Street scene. A fashionably dressed man walks (right to left) between two prostitutes, who have seized him by the shoulders and arm. One (right) hands to a man who lurks behind her a handkerchief she has taken from his pocket. A link-boy walks in front of the party holding his torch downwards. Through the glass panes which fill the upper part of the door of the bagnio (left) a woman smiles and beckons. Over the door is inscribed "WINES". The scene is probably under the piazza in Covent Garden. The women are fashionably dressed. c.January 1773
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


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  • Date

    • 1773
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 348 millimetres
    • Width: 247 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered at bottom left 269
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5219 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.186)

  • Exhibition history

    2002 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton Gall, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Jun-Jul, Belfast, Ulster Mus, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Aug-Sep, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, Followers of Fashion
    2002/3 Dec-Feb, Brighton MAG, Followers of Fashion
    2003 Apr-Jun, Braintree District Mus, Followers of Fashion

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Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  c.January 1773  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.January 1773 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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