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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1871,0812.1804

  • Description

    A tailor bewitched; tailor to right carrying roll of cloth under arms, is prodded by demon behind him holding pitchfork, two snakes at his feet, cauldron in centre with winged magician to left surrounded by three witches. 1790 Brush drawing in grey wash with watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 333 millimetres
    • Width: 474 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed with explanatory poem
  • Curator's comments

    This drawing was designed to be published as a caricature and uses the ploy of witchcraft and sorcery to ridicule those who cheat on their customers. The verses tell the tailor’s story:
    ‘Old Belzebub of horrid note./ Employ’d a Taylor for a coat/ Who prone to cabbage-craft and pelf/ By art o’erreach’d Old Nick himself./ For which a powerful magician/soon brought poor Buckram to contrition/With Magic spells encircled round/ Behold him fix’d upon the ground.’

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PIV)

  • Exhibition history

    2014-15 Sept - Jan.London, BM, Witches and Wicked Bodies

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1871

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1871,0812.1804

A tailor bewitched; tailor to r carrying roll of cloth under arms, is prodded by demon behind him holding pitchfork, two snakes at his feet, cauldron in centre with winged magician to l surrounded by three witches. 1790 Brush drawing in grey wash with watercolour

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A tailor bewitched; tailor to r carrying roll of cloth under arms, is prodded by demon behind him holding pitchfork, two snakes at his feet, cauldron in centre with winged magician to l surrounded by three witches. 1790 Brush drawing in grey wash with watercolour

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