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- Object: A Foot on the stage and Asses in the pit-or- A new years-piece.
On the stage, a corner of which is on the extreme left, a foot and leg, elegantly poised, issues from swirling cloud; behind, actors, one only being visible, raise glasses high, saying, Here's a health to all good Lasses [twice]; Pledge it merrily fill your glasses; a face looks through a round aperture to say: Let the bumper toast go roud [sic]. Above the proscenium is a picture of a man (Berkeley) thrown on his knees while his horse leaps a gate, and a goose (Hayne) threatens him with outstretched neck, saying, Hiss Hiss Hiss. A signpost points to Barkley. Above is the inscription Veluti in Speculum, below: Retaliation. Occupants of the crowded pit stand in astonished excitement to see the elegant foot. Col. Berkeley stands looking through an eye-glass; he says: I think I have seen that Foot before I broke my knee, and felt it too. A woman just behind him says: You "lové" a pretty foot dont you Col! A man with a goose's head wearing a top-hat (see BM Satires 14856) says: What a Green Goose I am to have lost £3000 by a similar one, in trying to tread upon it. besides a double barreld manton and £1500. O yes I have been prettily plucked —but I'l have a hiss for my money Hiss, Hiss, Hiss!!! Hiss. A man standing beside him (Cox), horns projecting from under his top-hat, says: And I was devlish nigh loosing as much only found out the secret in the Kitchen ha! ha! Other pittites gape, grin, or laugh. A bearded Jew: I vonder vat da voud take for it! I shou'd like to buy it, ma hearts. A small boy in a woman's arms: Oh I am just come from school to see the new xmass piece. A woman says to a man: I wish you wou'd not stand before me Sir! I can't see it. Others say: Clap! Clap, Clap (reversed), and Clap, Clap, Clap, it., or Bravo! Bravo! Bravo. The orchestra play tunes with appropriate words: Just like Love; Foot it lightly as you may This is Nature's holy day; The bold Dragoon; O Fly not yet.
In the lowest tier of boxes is one filled with men: Lord Fife says I should like to play my Fife to it— [cf. BM Satires 14549, &c]; another: I wish I had such a one. In the next box (right) Alderman Wood says: It's just the thing for Mrs Wood I declare. A voice behind: Tis enough to give one the Night Mayor [altered to] Mare [cf. BM Satires 12817]. A lady using an opera-glass: Really it appears to me to be issuing from a cloud. A man: O yes my Lady it has been under one for some time. Four boxes in the second tier are depicted. In the small stage-box a youngish man wearing a star (? Prince Leopold) looks through a glass, saying, By Jupeter it's a beautifull one. A lady sits next him. Mr. and Mrs. Foote are in the next box; he clasps a Manton sporting gun (one of the presents from Hayne), saying, Yes Yes a pretty foot is a profitable concern—. She says: That will do Maria that will do. The two other boxes are filled with dandies and ladies applauding or hissing, and making appreciative or (the women) disparaging remarks. January 1825.
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Height: 284 millimetres
Width: 377 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 14711, &c. Maria Foote's ovation on her reappearance at Covent Garden in February is correctly anticipated. For 'Mrs Wood' cf. No. 13736.
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