The centre portion of a strip design, see BMSat 8549. The text of an advertisement is engraved beneath the figures, the words spoken above their heads (not transcribed in full).  'Domestic Hack. Wanted a Young Man of light weight as a Postilion to drive and look after a pair of Horses, he must be perfectly sober, chaste in behaviour, and attentive to both his Religious and Moral Duties - read Prayers and sing Psalms every Sunday Evening to the Family, clean Boots, Shoes, and Knives. . . . The applicant, fat, clumsy, and tipsy, is rated by the sour-looking advertiser, Mr John Bunyan.'  'Patty Rosey. Patty Rosey, from the name of its Ingenious Inventor, is the most delicate, elegant, & efficacious Lozenge ever yet offered to the Public, they subdue that teazing Irritation in the Throat, heals the Fluxions from the Brain, & makes the most offensive Breath, as sweet as Violets, by taking three or four occasionly, as they Melodize the Voice, in a most astonishing manner, those who belong to the Pulpit, Bar or Stage shou'd never be without them.' A woman singer stands full-face, bending forward, her hands resting on a low ornamental balustrade, holding a music score. She says, in spite of "Lady Dale's Decoction of Honey and the Pattey Rosey - I am still Hoarse, I cannot Sing without pain to myself, or to my Hearers, therefore, hope for your usual indulgence." She resembles caricatures of Mme Mara, see BMSat 7067.  'Scotch Dancing. Mr Jemmy MacJigg, lately arrived in this Town from Inverness, teaches the Scotch Steps, Reels, Strathspeys &c. in their true native Purity, with that Grace & Dignity, none but himself ever attempted before;' ... A short, stout, plainly dressed man (left) capers clumsily, his hands held up, snapping his fingers. The dancing-master, playing the bagpipes and taking a similar but less clumsy step, looks down; he wears English dress except for tartan stockings. The pupil says: "Zounds Mr Jigg, I shall never hold out, flagging work, to keep Arms, Legs, Head, & Fingers, in Motion at the same Instant." The answer: "Dinna fear - vary weel me Lord, ye are queete a Cheel of Parfact - ion."  'Washing Machine. Mr Savesoap's Washing Machine, saves Coals, Candles, Soap, & Labour, a Child of 2 Years old, will wash more Linen, in an hour, than ten thorough bred washingwomen cou'd do in a Week, it is now become a genteel amusement, & so perfectly safe from wearing out the Linen, that you may throw in a Bank Note, which after being so washed, comes out without even a letter being defaced: Sold only by the Patentees, Water Lane.' An old crone in profile to the right holds up a tattered garment, inspecting it nearsightedly. She addresses a buxom young woman who walks off (right), looking over her shoulder at the shirt: "Why you have Washed this Shift into a thousand holes, if it had been shot at by a City Train Bondman, it cou'd not have been more abused." 7 June 1794 Hand-coloured etching
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