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Rustick Dance

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  • Title (object)

    • Rustick Dance
  • Description

    Two girls and a man dancing to left, piper to right, with two older figures behind standing in doorway; after a drawing in the BM collection (Oo,5.10). 1780

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  • Date

    • 1780
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 380 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 430 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, note on the drawing in the collection of Payne Knight to whom the plate is dedicated by the printmaker, production detail: "Drawn by J. Mortimer 1774", "Etch'd by R. Blyth" and publication line: "London Published as the Act directs Novr. 9th by R. Blyth No. 27 Great Castel Street, Cavendish Square"
  • Bibliography

    • Sunderland 87a bibliographic details
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