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- Object: The ghost of a scrag of mutton.
Heading to (printed) verses: 'Written by Mr. C. Dibdin Jun. composed by Mr. Reeve, and sung by Mr. Smith, with unbounded Applause, at the Aquatic Theatre, Sadler's Wells'. A young man in academic cap and gown spears on a fork a bony fragment with a head resembling Napoleon, and is about to plunge it into a pot on a huge fire (left). He turns with a triumphant smile to his fat landlord and two others who gape in terror (right). A wall-clock points to twelve. The last of five verses:
"The story thus finish'd, the moral shan't lag:-
The landlord who'd such little heart,
Not the only one he who's been scar'd by a scrag,
For a 'scrag's' but a small 'Bony-part'.
So the Emperor Scrag in fear Europe has got,
Tho' John Bull don't mind him a button;
For Johnny's the scholar who'll send him to pot,
Like the Ghost of the grim Scrag of Mutton. O, la, [&c.]"
Plate numbered 505.
Jan 23 1809
Etching with letterpress
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Height: 173 millimetres
Height: 300 millimetres
Width: 226 millimetres (platemark)
Width: 240 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
An adaptation by R. Cruikshank illustrates 'The Universal Songster', i, 1825,
- Not on display
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