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Object: Setting out from Edinburgh
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the First.
Johnson and Boswell, attended by Ritter, depart from Boswell's house on foot; Mrs. Boswell stands in the doorway weeping and holding up a handkerchief. Johnson, his stick in his right hand, pulls Boswell by the right arm; Boswell, turning to look at his wife, weeps unrestrainedly. He holds his handkerchief to his eyes; 'Ogden' (see BMSat 7031) and the 'Journal' are under his right arm. He wears the feathered Scots cap, the pen, and barrister's wig as in BMSat 7031. His ink-bottle hangs from a buttonhole. Between Boswell and his wife stands the moustachioed Ritter wearing a wide cocked hat and holding a long stick in both hands; a large pack is on his back. Beneath the title is engraved a citation beginning: '"Wednesday 18th August, On this day we set out from Edinburgh, attended only by my Man Joseph Ritter, a Bohemian', and ending, 'My Wife did not seem quite easy when we left her, but away we went!" Vide Journal P. 47 [i.e. pp. 46-8].' 30 May 1786
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Height: 258 millimetres
Width: 275 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The passages are much abridged.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', pp. 194-5.
One of a set of twenty plates, 1864,0309.167 to 186, bound together in an album along with letterpress handbills listing the prints and prices for each part (10s. 6d.).
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