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The Unfortunate Discovery

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,7081.1393

  • Title (object)

    • The Unfortunate Discovery
  • Description

    Satire; an elderly woman entering a room, clenching her fist in anger as she catches her short, stout husband standing on tiptoes and about to embrace the chamber maid in the right foreground; her broom falling between his legs, a copy of 'An Essay on Woman' in his pocket; state after number added. 24 July 1777
    Mezzotint with some etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1777
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 355 millimetres
    • Width: 253 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. // 361 // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. // Published as the Act directs [date erased from this impression]'
  • Curator's comments

    See also the small version of this with German and French inscription, published by Carington Bowles (2010,7081.1463)

    States [recorded in the Lennox-Boyd database]
    (i) lettered with the title and 'From the Original Picture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles. // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. // Published as the Act directs, 24th. July 1777'
    (ii) number 361 added in lower left

    Sale catalogue listings
    Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 116 no. 408, among '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.'; 1790, p. 106 no. 425, same price.

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  • Bibliography

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

    2010,7081.1393

Satire; an elderly woman entering a room, clenching her fist in anger as she catches her short, stout husband standing on tiptoes and about to embrace the chamber maid in the right foreground; her broom falling between his legs, a copy of 'An Essay on Woman' in his pocket; state after number added.  24 July 1777  Mezzotint with some etching

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Satire; an elderly woman entering a room, clenching her fist in anger as she catches her short, stout husband standing on tiptoes and about to embrace the chamber maid in the right foreground; her broom falling between his legs, a copy of 'An Essay on Woman' in his pocket; state after number added. 24 July 1777 Mezzotint with some etching

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