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Object: Miseries of the table
Series: Sixteen scenes taken from the miseries of human life
(For description see other impression). Proof before aquatint and letters. 1807
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Height: 131 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Description taken from the published series: "Slipping your knife suddenly and violently from off a bone- its edge shirking across the plate (so as to make you hated by yourself and the whole company) and then driving the plate before it, and lodging all the contents, -meat, gravy, melted butter, vegetables, &c.&c. partly on your own breeches, partly on the cloth, partly on the floor, but principally in the lap of a charming girl who sits by you, and whom you had been diligently endeavouring to recommend yourself.
Your arms metamorphosed by the jamming shoulders of your two next neighbours, to the sure annoyance of your ribs.
The huge carcase of a panting fellow who stretches over you to snatch off the dish, of which you carry away a lasting memorial in the streams of gravy wherewith he anoints every part of your clothes.
Opening a bottle of spruce beer and finding it so very good, that, through the carelessness of the servant, it washes your face and hands with the whole of its contents.
Calling for drink from one flying waiter who does not, and another who will not, hear you, or another still who hears, and promises, but does nothing.
After edging in your chair, corner-wise, at a crowded table,- to be prepetually jerked half round, chair and all, by the coat of a flying footman.".
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- Associated titles
Associated Title: The miseries of human life
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