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- Object: A theatrical chymist.
Holman the actor, a diminutive creature, is being blown from the narrow mouth of a retort under which is a furnace inscribed 'Academy'. A fashionably dressed but ragged man is seated on the right blowing the fire of the furnace with a pair of bellows inscribed 'Morning Post'. A clergyman (full-face) looks from behind the retort to hold a fragment of food (?) to the mouth of the literary-hack with the bellows. He is inspiring the puffs of the 'Morning Post'. From Holman's mouth and posterior issue blasts inscribed 'Puff'. Papers inscribed with his parts fly with him from the retort: 'Mackbeth, Timon, Benidict, Richard, Hamlet, Werter' (see BMSat 7054). The retort is inscribed 'Ignorance \ Impertinence \ Coxcomity \ Misconception \ Raving. Ranting \ Grinning. Snarling \ Tortured Attitudes \ Envy. Detraction'. 1786 [So dated by Grego]
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Height: 227 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 293 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The puffs of Holman in the 'Morning Post' are represented as inspired by a clergyman who remains concealed. The latter is identified by Grego as Bate, whom he does not resemble and who gave up the 'Morning Post' in 1780. He is probably William Jackson of the 'Morning Post' (see 'D.N.B.'); the same figure appears in BMSat 6853. The dramatic critic of the paper about this time was John Taylor. For Holman cf. BMSat 6854.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 190.
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