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- Object: The Irish poets grace to a short allowance!
Scene in a ramshackle attic, with a curtained bed on the right. A family sit at a table covered with a tattered cloth, on which are part of a loaf and four small potatoes. The ragged, lean, and elderly man (left) faces his still more haggard wife. A small boy stands by his mother, a youth and little girl sit opposite. All scowl with dismay at the meagre fare. A starving cat miaows. The man recites:
"O! thou that blest the loaves and fishes,
Look down upon these two poor dishes,
And though the 'tatoes are but small,
Oh make them large enough for all.
For if they should our bellies fill
'Twill be a kind of Miricle!!!"
Plate numbered 113.
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Height: 233 millimetres
Width: 329 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Reid, No. 143 (script by G. C.).
Date erased; dated by M. D. George, ? 1809.
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