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Reid 4717. A tract entitled: 'The Englishman's Mentor.'
Lettered on the title-page:
"The Englishman's Mentor. The picture of the palais royal; describing its spectacles, gaming rooms, coffee house, restauranteurs, tabagies, reading rooms, milliners, shops, gamesters, sharpers, mouchards, artistes, epicures, courtesans, filles, and other remarkable objects in that high change of the fashionable dissipation and vice of Paris. With characteristic sketches and anecdotes of its frequenters and inhabitants."
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: Printed for William Hone, Ludgate Hill—1819."
The frontispiece, Reid 842, BM Satires 13428 represents A scene in the arcades of the Palais Royal, whose pillars form a background. A promenade: courtesans accost and are accosted by dandies (see BM Satires No. 13029), civil and military. Men seated on chairs read newspapers. A woman with a small child tries her luck at a gambling machine (left). A grotesque-looking man performs on the bladder and string, an instrument burlesquing the 'cello, see (e.g.) Hogarth's 'Beggar's Opera', BM Satires No. 1807, and Nos. 1866, 7067. Cf. No. 13054.
Book with a hand-coloured etched folded frontispiece.
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Height: 152 millimetres (approx. height page)
Height: 138 millimetres
Width: 92 millimetres (approx. width page)
Width: 423 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment based on M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Reid, Nos. 842, 4717. Cohn, No. 274.
- Not on display
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