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The mistletoe or christmas gambols

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The mistletoe or christmas gambols
  • Description

    Interior of a hall with couples dancing, a man in centre holding a girl off the ground under a bunch of mistletoe; appears to be trimmed above publication line

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 234 millimetres (cut)
    • Width: 174 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, line of verse: "While romp loving Miss is haul'd about with gallantry robust/vide Milton" and production detail: "Design'd by Edwd. Penny RA".
  • Curator's comments

    The format of the inscription is similar to 1871,0211.43 & 44, which suggests this was also published by George Townly Stubbs.

  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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