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- Object: A True Portrait of that ridiculous Beau Squire Would be, or the Old Clerkenwell Ghost
Satire on a dissolute old gentleman. He is richly dressed in an embroidered waistcoat and with a wig with long queue; his sword is padlocked; a ribbon coming from his mouth is lettered with "Noted expressions made use of by the Old Goat", "O Divine Beauty! with not one bad Smell about thee, I adore thee: I have been thrice Squir'd by the King"; a dog barks at his back and two books lie at his feet, "The infallibility of human judgment" and "The plague blown up with gunpowder". The text below suggests that he has broken up families for the sake of money and "to gratify a curst libidinous disposition in his Old Age".
- Production date
- 1770 (circa)
Height: 204 millimetres (image)
Width: 137 millimetres (image)
- Curator's comments
- The style and costume suggest a date around 1770.
"The infallibility of human judgment, its dignity and excellency. Being a new art of reasoning, and discovering truth" by J. Lyons, a surgeon, was published in the early 18th century; "The plague blown up with gunpowder" has not been identified
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