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A Cornish Hugg. Scene Billingsgate

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,1113.3392

  • Title (object)

    • A Cornish Hugg. Scene Billingsgate
  • Description

    A tall, stout fish-wife has seized a fashionably dressed man round the waist and lifted him up; his hat and tasselled cane have fallen to the ground. She is neatly dressed, with a flat hat tied over her cap, a checked apron, clocked stockings, and buckled shoes, but she wears a soldier's coat over her dress. There are three spectators: a woman (right) in profile to the left, gapes with astonishment; a neatly dressed man wearing an apron standing behind a fish-stall looks on with quiet amusement; an apple-woman sits (left) grinning, arms akimbo. Beside her is a large basket heaped with a pyramid of fruit. A fish-stall and a basket have been overturned (right) and the contents lie on the ground.
    In the background is Billingsgate Dock, with masts and rigging; on the right is one of the market buildings, inscribed 'BILLINGSGATE'. A proof before title, which is added in ink. 5 June 1781 Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 339 millimetres
    • Width: 244 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title added in pen and ink, and with engraved names and publication line 'I.Nixon Del. / Publish'd June 5th 1781 by Wm. Wells No.132 (opposite Salisbury Court,) Fleet Street, London'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Title written in ink.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5932 bibliographic details
    • Crace 1878 XX.71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Crace Collection main series)

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1880,1113.3392

A tall, stout fish-wife has seized a fashionably dressed man round the waist and lifted him up; his hat and tasselled cane have fallen to the ground. She is neatly dressed, with a flat hat tied over her cap, a checked apron, clocked stockings, and buckled shoes, but she wears a soldier's coat over her dress. There are three spectators: a woman (right) in profile to the left, gapes with astonishment; a neatly dressed man wearing an apron standing behind a fish-stall looks on with quiet amusement; an apple-woman sits (left) grinning, arms akimbo. Beside her is a large basket heaped with a pyramid of fruit. A fish-stall and a basket have been overturned (right) and the contents lie on the ground.  In the background is Billingsgate Dock, with masts and rigging; on the right is one of the market buildings, inscribed 'BILLINGSGATE'.  A proof before title, which is added in ink. 5 June 1781 Etching

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A tall, stout fish-wife has seized a fashionably dressed man round the waist and lifted him up; his hat and tasselled cane have fallen to the ground. She is neatly dressed, with a flat hat tied over her cap, a checked apron, clocked stockings, and buckled shoes, but she wears a soldier's coat over her dress. There are three spectators: a woman (right) in profile to the left, gapes with astonishment; a neatly dressed man wearing an apron standing behind a fish-stall looks on with quiet amusement; an apple-woman sits (left) grinning, arms akimbo. Beside her is a large basket heaped with a pyramid of fruit. A fish-stall and a basket have been overturned (right) and the contents lie on the ground. In the background is Billingsgate Dock, with masts and rigging; on the right is one of the market buildings, inscribed 'BILLINGSGATE'. A proof before title, which is added in ink. 5 June 1781 Etching

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