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Love laughs at Locksmiths.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Love laughs at Locksmiths.
  • Description

    An aged man with a Jewish profile unlocks a large padlock on an iron-studded door under a vaulted portico. Beside him stands a man dressed like a sailor with a basket of poultry and fish on his head, and a straw-covered flask in his hand. An area railing is also padlocked, but behind the railing is a handsome young officer on a ladder, helping a pretty girl out of the window. The old man wears old-fashioned dress with a tie-wig, and two coats, one worn like a cape with the sleeves empty. His crutched stick leans against the door. A corbel above the door is a grotesque figure with a Jewish profile, supporting a burden. 20 August 1811
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1805
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

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

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name and publication line 'Design and Pubd by T. Rowlandson N I James Street Adelphi- Augst 20th 1811.' The '11' replaces an earlier date, resembling '05'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 209.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10484 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) 20 August 1811.  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) 20 August 1811. Hand-coloured etching

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