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- Object: Striking effects produced by lines ~& dots-for the assistance of young draftsmen.-
One of designs in lines and dots, attributed to G. Cruikshank (Nos. 12955-12958). Tiny figures, composed of lines, one each for trunk and limbs, with small dots for head, hands, and feet, are generally in violent action. Women are denoted by petticoats. Animals and accessories are as a rule more realistically drawn.
The little designs are in four rows.  'Making Play'. Two jockeys gallop to the winning post where a man shouts: "Cock tail for a hundd."  'Broke down'. A fallen horse in the shafts of a broken gig, the driver standing in a despairing attitude.  'a Kick-up'. A horse kicks over a table and a woman seated at it, the rider is about to fall.  'Done!.—' Two fashionably dressed betting men; one exclaims "Ten to one."  'Done—!!' The carcass of a horse with birds of prey.  'Dot & go one.' Two duellists fire, one is fatally hit.  'Mr Dit Mrs Dit & all the little Dits.' A tall couple embrace, quoting Sheridan's 'Duenna ': 'sure such a pair were never seen so justly form'd to meet by nature.' At their feet are eight children.  'Toes up & Toes down—Setting— Reeling'. Three skaters, one falls through the ice in a sitting position, legs above head, one has fallen without breaking the ice, one skates tipsily, holding a bottle and glass.  'Coming well into the field—' A horse after leaping a five-barred gate has fallen on its back, the rider lies prone; the hounds surround them, one injured.  'Topping a fence'. A huntsman's horse is suspended on shrubs by its belly.  'In at the death—' A horse falls on its head, the rider lands on his.  'A Drop too much'. A man hangs by the neck in a rectangular enclosure: 'The Sink of Infamy'. Beside the hangman are musical notes: 'a Ketch [catch] but no Glee.'  'A Vip-ing Post'. A woman flogs a man who exclaims: "Oh! My Vig! I shall have a Vale in my belly."  'Watch! Watch!!' A man chases a thief who has stolen his watch.  'Dick Dock sea sick—' A one-armed sailor walks with a crutch.  'Out of the Frying pan into the Fire'. Men leap from a blazing ship.  'Going down to a Watering place by Steam'. A steam-packet explodes, men climb up the tall tilting funnel or plunge into the water. (Cf. No. 12920.)  'Going to Gravesend by the Sailg boat'. A small vessel sinks by the bows, men climb on to the stern.  'A skuller'. The occupants of two Thames wherries fight with oars.  'Backing Water'. A man falls from one of the boats on his back.  'Rowing with a pair of Oars' [whores]. A dandy rows two women with feathered hats and a bottle of wine, saying, "Dont I Feather my Oars well?"  'Fishing with a Float'. A gaily dressed woman fishes from a bank opposite two bathers. Her female friend says: "see! see! there's a fine cock salmon!!!" She answers, looking through a lorgnette, "I'll have it."  'Archers shooting at the Bulls eye'. Two archers aim at a target, one hits the hind-quarters of a bull; angry rustics rush up with pitchforks, &c.
23 September 1817.
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 375 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The genre was perhaps originated by Woodward (d. 1809), who designed two plates of acrobatic feats, &c., entitled 'Multum in Parvo, or Lilliputian Sketches shewing what may be done by lines and dots'. A. de R., xiv. 164, 165. See also Nos. 12902, 12930 .
Reid, No. 688. ('Pl. 1', with the same title, pub. 4 Aug., is No. 681.) Cohn, No. 2008.
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