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Modern Love / Discordant Matrimony

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1859,0709.676

  • Title (object)

    • Discordant Matrimony

    Title (series)

    • Modern Love
  • Description

    A sequel to BMSat 6148, 6149, 6150. The interior of a parlour. The husband (right) leans on a table looking towards a meretricious-looking maidservant (left) who has just brought in two children: a little girl whom she holds in her arms, and an older boy who drags across the floor a broken guitar which is harnessed to a toy horse. The maid looks alluringly at her master, a paper hangs from her pocket inscribed "The Willing Maid". The lady, who appears to be ill, is seated by a circular table, leaning her head on her hand. She looks with an expression of distress towards her husband. On the table is an open book inscribed "Inconstancy A Poem - Eternal Love Let no Man swear", and medicine phials, one labelled "A Composing Draught". A dog licks her hand. A black servant stands by the table holding two other phials; he watches the maidservant with a scowl.
    The pictures on the walls, the books and the behaviour of the animals all indicate the inconstancy of the husband: two dogs (right) coupled by a chain snarl at each other, their fore-paws resting on a book, "On the legality of Divorces". A monkey (right) seated on a toy-drum on a chair holds an open book, "Paradise Lost Hail Wedded Love Mysterious Law". A book falls from the table inscribed, "The Scene is Changed or the faithless Husband". The children's toys include three dolls: a king in ermine robes, crown and sceptre, a bishop, and a Harlequin.; after John Collet, plate 4 from a series of four. c.1765-66, this impression a later reissue dated 1782. 29 June 1782
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1765
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 412 millimetres
    • Width: 470 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, "Engraved after an original picture of Mr John Collett, in the Possession of Mr. Bradford", with production detail: "J. Collett pinxit", "J. Goldar Sculpsit" and publication line: "Publish'd June 24th. 1782 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London", with the size of the picture at lower left; above image: "Modern Love, Plate IV"
        Lettered: "Size of the Picture 3ft by 2ft 4in"
  • Curator's comments

    The paintings were exhibited by Collet at the Free Society in 1763 and are now in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6151 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1859

  • Acquisition notes

    1859,0709.637 to 723 are the contents of the dispersed 'volume containing 95 prints' after various artists, deposited by Evans on 21 April 1859. It was registered as a volume of 'prints published by John Boydell', which implies that they are all Boydell reprints of earlier plates.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1859,0709.676

A sequel to BMSat 6148, 6149, 6150. The interior of a parlour. The husband (right) leans on a table looking towards a meretricious-looking maidservant (left) who has just brought in two children: a little girl whom she holds in her arms, and an older boy who drags across the floor a broken guitar which is harnessed to a toy horse. The maid looks alluringly at her master, a paper hangs from her pocket inscribed "The Willing Maid". The lady, who appears to be ill, is seated by a circular table, leaning her head on her hand. She looks with an expression of distress towards her husband. On the table is an open book inscribed "Inconstancy A Poem - Eternal Love Let no Man swear", and medicine phials, one labelled "A Composing Draught". A dog licks her hand. A black servant stands by the table holding two other phials; he watches the maidservant with a scowl.  The pictures on the walls, the books and the behaviour of the animals all indicate the inconstancy of the husband: two dogs (right) coupled by a chain snarl at each other, their fore-paws resting on a book, "On the legality of Divorces". A monkey (right) seated on a toy-drum on a chair holds an open book, "Paradise Lost Hail Wedded Love Mysterious Law". A book falls from the table inscribed, "The Scene is Changed or the faithless Husband". The children's toys include three dolls: a king in ermine robes, crown and sceptre, a bishop, and a Harlequin.; after John Collet, plate 4 from a series of four. c.1765-66, this impression a later reissue dated 1782.  29 June 1782   Etching and engraving

Recto

A sequel to BMSat 6148, 6149, 6150. The interior of a parlour. The husband (right) leans on a table looking towards a meretricious-looking maidservant (left) who has just brought in two children: a little girl whom she holds in her arms, and an older boy who drags across the floor a broken guitar which is harnessed to a toy horse. The maid looks alluringly at her master, a paper hangs from her pocket inscribed "The Willing Maid". The lady, who appears to be ill, is seated by a circular table, leaning her head on her hand. She looks with an expression of distress towards her husband. On the table is an open book inscribed "Inconstancy A Poem - Eternal Love Let no Man swear", and medicine phials, one labelled "A Composing Draught". A dog licks her hand. A black servant stands by the table holding two other phials; he watches the maidservant with a scowl. The pictures on the walls, the books and the behaviour of the animals all indicate the inconstancy of the husband: two dogs (right) coupled by a chain snarl at each other, their fore-paws resting on a book, "On the legality of Divorces". A monkey (right) seated on a toy-drum on a chair holds an open book, "Paradise Lost Hail Wedded Love Mysterious Law". A book falls from the table inscribed, "The Scene is Changed or the faithless Husband". The children's toys include three dolls: a king in ermine robes, crown and sceptre, a bishop, and a Harlequin.; after John Collet, plate 4 from a series of four. c.1765-66, this impression a later reissue dated 1782. 29 June 1782 Etching and engraving

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