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  • Description

    Village scene with two semi nude men wrestling in the midst of a crowd who gathered in a circle, two musicians up on a tree on the left; illustration to 'Hobbinol'.

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  • Date

    • 1741-1765
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 153 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 100 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with production detail: "A. Walker del. et Sculp.", at top right: "page 21.", annotated below image in pencil with story title.
  • Curator's comments

    1874,1212.283-285 and 279-282 are from the same book, the former set apparently illustrating the story of 'Habbinol', the latter 'The Chase'.

  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

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    • Associated Title: Hobbinol
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    Prints & Drawings

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