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The Hampton Court Letter, being a reply to The Epsom Ladys Answer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.3433

  • Title (object)

    • The Hampton Court Letter, being a reply to The Epsom Ladys Answer
  • Description

    A rebus transliterated as follows: "Glorious lady, Your rebus deciphered does inform that benign stars ordain happiness, to recompense noble flames. Your heart shall be mine I understand you well. Those eyes assure what your tongue should utter, belie not your sole, or I undermine your heart: maids madden[?] refuse but take it. Madam believe your fortune made; my income can bear a coach and six, which all the world knows. When wedlock joins hands then O! for your beauty. Your loving obedient meanest servant, signed, sealed, delivered before Henry Smith."
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1710
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 276 millimetres
    • Width: 217 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered above the image with the title, and below "Engraven from ye Originall Letter by And. Iohnston and Sold by him at ye Golden Eagle in Old Round Court in ye Strand [in smaller lettering suggesting a re-issue] & Will. Taylor at ye Ship in Pater Noster Row Price 1 Shill.'; annotated in ink by Edward Hawkins below the platemark '1710'.
  • Curator's comments

    See BM Satires 1551

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 1553 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Satires British Stephens series

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.3433

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