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Quarrelsome Taylors, or Two of a Trade seldom agree

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  • Title (object)

    • Quarrelsome Taylors, or Two of a Trade seldom agree
  • Description

    A ragged 'botching tailor' is climbing out of his bulk or stall (right) to attack with his goose a tailor who hastens from him, turning to snip his shears contemptuously. Above the penthouse stall is a placard, 'Simon Snip - maks & mendes Mens & Buoys reddy mad Close. N.B. nete Gallows for Breaches.' A garment and a pair of braces (see BMSat 8039) hang on a line; within a window is a sheet of patterns. The other, who is neatly dressed, carries a coat under his arm; a book of patterns protrudes from his coat pocket. A street receding in perspective (right) and the façade of a dignified house (left) form a background. 'Caricatures', i. 204. c.1794
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 348 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "London: Printed for Bowles & Craver, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard.". At bottom left "644 Dighton del."
  • Curator's comments

    Not a re-issue of a Carington Bowles plate, but a new Bowles & Carver plate. Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 59.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8595 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.204)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  c.1794  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1794 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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