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The Deserted Train

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • The Deserted Train
  • Description

    In the foreground a father and daughter leaving the village, as she says her farewell to her lover, with other families preparing to emigrate in the background; an oval composition. 1784
    Engraving and stipple, printed in brown

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 417 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 505 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name, title, two columns with ten lines of verse below image and publication details: "Design'd & Engrav'd by James Gillray / Publidh'd June 4th 1784 by Rt. Wilkinson No 58 Cornhill, London", and with a dedication by the publisher of this plate and its companion to Miss Henrietta Gertrude Hotham.
  • Curator's comments

    A pair to 'The Village Train'.

  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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