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Spring and Winter. Le Printemps et l'Hiver

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  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Spring and Winter. Le Printemps et l'Hiver
  • Description

    A pretty and coquettishly dressed milkmaid stands full-face, her pails hung from a wooden yoke across her shoulders. Her expression and pose suggest that she is about to receive favourably the overtures of an elderly beau who stands ogling behind her (right), holding coins in his hand. In the background are farm-buildings and cows. c.1785/6
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1785-1786
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 352 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. / Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered at bottom left 562
  • Curator's comments

    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 4.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6911 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.183)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  c.1785/6  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1785/6 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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