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The jovial drinker

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1860,0623.41

  • Title (object)

    • The jovial drinker
  • Description

    Ballad on drinking; a man drunkenly capering on a hill, his wig askew, clothes disarrayed and clutching an uncorked flask and glass; behind, at left, four drinkers, one vomiting, sat at a table outside a tavern with walled garden and the sign of a flagon; at right and lower down the hill, a woman supporting a vomiting man; town in the distance below; score in top left corner, verses below.
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1680-1740
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 315 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 221 millimetres (trimmed)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title above image, artist's name below, and four four-line verses in two columns, the first being: 'A pox on those fools, who exclaim against wine, / and fly the dear sweets that the bottle doth bring, / It heightens the fancy; the wit does refine, / and he that was first drunk was made the first king'
  • Curator's comments

    The Victorian mount is inscribed 'Highgate 1699', but the topography cannot be identified as such.

  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1860

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1860,0623.41

Ballad on drinking; a man drunkenly capering on a hill, his wig askew, clothes disarrayed and clutching an uncorked bottle and glass; behind, at left, four drinkers, one vomiting, sat at a table outside a tavern with walled garden and the sign of a flagon; at right and lower down the hill, a woman supporting a vomiting man; town in the distance below; score in top left corner, verses below.  Etching and engraving

Recto

Ballad on drinking; a man drunkenly capering on a hill, his wig askew, clothes disarrayed and clutching an uncorked bottle and glass; behind, at left, four drinkers, one vomiting, sat at a table outside a tavern with walled garden and the sign of a flagon; at right and lower down the hill, a woman supporting a vomiting man; town in the distance below; score in top left corner, verses below. Etching and engraving

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