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Object: Lodging at a M'Queen's
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the Second.
In a squalid room Johnson and Boswell lie in two short truckle beds. Boswell (right) is in the foreground, his face contorted with horror, his hands before his mouth as if to stifle a scream, his bare feet drawn up, but projecting over the end of his bed. A gigantic spider descends towards his head, insects are spotted over the bedclothes and pillow, from which projects Ogden (see BMSat 7031). Johnson lies on his back (left) under a casement window, his eyes closed, his hands clasped as if in prayer, his knees drawn up to accommodate the shortness of the bed. A woman's dress hangs as an improvised curtain between the two beds. Under Johnson's bed two rats gnaw Boswell's wig. Beneath the title is engraved:
'"There were two Beds in the room, and a Woman's gown was hung on a rope to make a curtain of seperation between them. After we had offered up our private devotions [the passage continues as in 'The Tour', under 31st Aug.].
Vide Journal p. 153 [i.e. pp. 152, 153].'
On the advertisement the title ends, 'in Glenmorison, the celebrated Spider Scene'. 20 June 1786
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Height: 259 millimetres
Width: 278 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 196.
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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