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- Object: A day of fashion.
Heading to a song interspersed with prose conversations printed in three columns: 'Sung with the greatest Applause by Mr. C. Taylor, at Vauxhall Gardens: Written, composed, and respectfully inscribed to George Rogers Barrett, Esq., by Mr. W. T. Parke.' A scene at Christie's: James Christie the younger, fashionable and good-looking, stands at a high rostrum (left), hammer in hand, selling pictures; the spectators are hideous and elderly. The picture for sale is on the wall, a three-quarter length portrait of a simpering lady in the dress of 1813, but, according to Christie, by Reynolds, and considered his 'chef d'œuvre'. She is 'Lady Squander', wife of Lord Squander, whose property is being sold, as in the 'School for Scandal', see No. 6968. Other pictures, 'Lot 5', &c., are on the wall. The song begins: 'In London's gay circle where pleasures abound'. Refrain:
And sure no delights are so gay and so clever
'Tis London, dear London, for ever.
Plate numbered 527.
24 August 1813.
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Height: 295 millimetres
Width: 340 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The conversations are at Christie's, at dinner (9 p.m.), and at Vauxhall.
For 'the morning lounge' at Christie's see No. 8888. Parke, the author of 'Musical Memoirs', 1830, was a brilliant oboist who composed songs for the theatre.
Reid, No. 255. Cohn, No. 1045. Reproduced, 'Cruikshankian Momus', frontispiece.
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