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Object: Scottifying the palate
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the First.
Johnson is seated on the ground on the shore of the Firth of Forth; Boswell kneels upon him and playfully holds a fish to his open mouth, holding back the head of his unwilling friend. Behind Johnson stands Ritter, turning his back on the scene. Boswell, with Ogden under his arm, is dressed as in BMSat 7031, &c. In the middle distance (right) are three fishwives, grinning and pointing; they resemble Rowlandson's Billingsgate women. Two persons are in a boat or punt. On the horizon is the opposite shore. Beneath the title is engraved:
'"I bought some Speldings fish salted and dried in a particular manner being
dipped in the Sea & dried in the Sun and eaten by the Scots by way of relish
- He had never seen them though they are Sold in London I insisted on Scottifying his palate but he was very reluctant - With difficulty I prevailed
upon him - He did not like it. Vide Journal p. 50.'
The passage is slightly abbreviated. 30 May 1786
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Height: 252 millimetres
Width: 276 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The original drawing is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Dyce Coll., No. 757).
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.).
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 195 (reproduction).
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