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Reid 4604. A letterpress pamphlet, bound in card verse satire entitled: 'The rise, progress and termination of the OP War in poetic epistles.' With a folded frontispiece (which is stored in Unmounted Royal satirical prints by George Cruikshank due to its fragile condition.)
Lettered on the title-page: "The rise, progress and termination of the O.P. war in poetic epistles or Hudibrastic letters, from Ap Simpkins in Town, to his friend Ap Davies in Wales; Including all the best songs, placards, toasts &c, &c. Which were written, exhibited and given on the Occasion. With illustrative notes by Thomas Tegg. Arma virumque cano." With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: Published by Thomas Tegg, 111, Cheapside. 1810.
The frontispiece illustration is Reid 93, BM Satires 11427, Plate 3rd from the 'Stroller's progress. After the title: "Black Jack commenced Stroller, and not being able to pay his rent in Staffordshire annoyed his dying Land d in such a cruel manner with a large top which he borrowed that the people were glad to get rid of him without payment. NB it was about this time that his washerwoman refused to give him his shirt until he had settled the immense sum of 15 Pence."
Kemble in (tattered) shirt-sleeves, furiously whips a big top on the boarded floor of a ramshackle attic. A thin elderly woman holds up her hands in horror. A fire burns in a rought fireplace on this a flat iron is heating and tattered stockings and a glove hang on a cord. A basin with soap suds and washing stands on the stool. Small coal is heaped on the ground by the fireplace with a riddle for cinders, and bellows. On a shelf over the fireplace are two books, a cup and a saucer, and a small candle in a bottle, with (pinned up) a Bill for Lodgings. On the wall is a play-bill: Beaux Strategem [Farquhar] to which will ... The Cheats of Scapin [Otway after Molière]. On the ground is an open book: We Fly by Night [see No 10673] Poor Gent [Colam 1802.]
Letterpress and etching
Height: 168 millimetres (approx. height (page))
Height: 247 millimetres (approx. height (sheet))
Width: 105 millimetres (approx. width (page))
Width: 366 millimetres (approx. width (sheet))
- Curator's comments
- Description from M. Dorothy George. 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum.'
The folded print belongs to a series 'The stroller's progress.' BM Satires 11426-11428. Reid 91-6. George notes that any one of the six plates can be found as a frontispiece too 'The rise, progress and termination of the OP Wars.'
Reid catalogues the print as a work by George Cruikshank although Dorothy George describes it as being in the style of Isaac Cruikshank.
- Not on display
- The print is in an extremely fragile condition and has been stored in Unmounted Royal Cruikshank (BM Satires Number 11427)
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