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Bachelor's Fare - or Bread and Cheese with Kisses

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,7081.819

  • Title (object)

    • Bachelor's Fare - or Bread and Cheese with Kisses
  • Description

    Satire; a sailor in the room of an inn pays court to a young woman into whose hands he pours gold coins, while two comrades laugh at the scene through the doorway on the left; a poster on the door lettered 'A Light Heart & a thin Pair of Breeches goes thorough [sic] the World brave Boys'; a picture of two ships on the wall behind is lettered 'The Free Briton closely engag'd with the Charming Sally'; after Collet. 10 November 1777
    Hand-coloured mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1777
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and 'From the Original Picture by John Collet in the possession of Carington Bowles // 365 // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. // Published as the Act directs, 10 Nov.r 1777.'
  • Curator's comments

    The Lennox-Boyd database notes that according to Hart, there is an engraving of the subject in the Huntington Library, California.

    See also the small version in the same direction published by Carington Bowles (2010,7081.1639)

    Sale catalogue listings
    Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 116 no. 410, listed under works after Collet as a separate category within the Posture Mezzotints, with the following description:
    'The following 34 new and elegant humorous Prints, are finely executed from the capital Paintings of that eminent Artist the late John Collet, Esq. in the Possession of Carington Bowles. Each print is 10 inches wide and 14 inches deep. When framed and glazed they make a handsome Appearance and Fashionable Furniture, and are always kept ready finished. Price 2s. plain, or finely coloured from the paintings, 3s. each.'
    Carington Bowles, 1790, p. 106 no. 427

    There is a reissue with the date erased [1935,0522.1.9]

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 4553 bibliographic details
    • Russell 1926 undescribed bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Mezzotints Ring-binder Large)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2010,7081.819

Satire; a sailor in the room of an inn pays court to a young woman into whose hands he pours gold coins, while two comrades laugh at the scene through the doorway on the left; a poster on the door lettered 'A Light Heart & a thin Pair of Breeches goes thorough [sic] the World brave Boys'; a picture of two ships on the wall behind is lettered 'The Free Briton closely engag'd with the Charming Sally'; after Collet.  10 November 1777  Hand-coloured mezzotint

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Satire; a sailor in the room of an inn pays court to a young woman into whose hands he pours gold coins, while two comrades laugh at the scene through the doorway on the left; a poster on the door lettered 'A Light Heart & a thin Pair of Breeches goes thorough [sic] the World brave Boys'; a picture of two ships on the wall behind is lettered 'The Free Briton closely engag'd with the Charming Sally'; after Collet. 10 November 1777 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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