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- Object: John Double Face or the deceitful vulcan of Windsor
A tall thin man and his wife walking (right to left) in a street. He has two faces and the long ears of an animal; the face in the normal position has a regular profile, the one facing backwards, though resembling it, is sinister and more aquiline. He has a forked tail, his left leg is that of an animal with a cloven hoof. The woman has a feathered hat, beneath her skirt appear a forked tail and a cloven hoof. She looks at him, holding a ball or medallion between her right. thumb and fore-finger, saying, "My dear Jacky as we have lost the Sun-fire Office let us pursue our plan". He answers, "I will my dear & ruin him that got it if we can". Attached to his coat is the sign of the Sun Fire Office, a sun with a face surrounded with rays. Beneath it is the date (or number) "1777". He holds in his hand a print headed "D**n Fall of the Little Man". It represents part of Windsor Castle as in BMSat 5897 with a stream of water flowing through an archway as in that print. At their feet are papers inscribed "Mr Miller Printer of the Lonn Eveng [Post]" and "To Mr Say in Ave Maria Lane." [Edward Say, in Ave Maria Lane, was Printer of the 'General Evening Post' in 1763. T. Mortimer, 'Universal Director', 1763, p. 61.]
Behind (right) two men (father and son) are standing in conversation. One, stout and middle-aged, wearing an apron, the other, slim and fashionably dressed, has his right hand on his father's shoulder, his left fist is clenched. The father, whose right hand holds his son's right wrist, is saying "O Son O Son remember I am your Father and you had better not have drawn the plan". The son answers, "Let me hear no more I was perswaded to it".
In the background (left) is a shop-front; the door, whose upper part is of glass panes, is surmounted by the royal arms. On one of the panes is inscribed "Davis Smith". In the windows on each side of the door watches are suspended, and one pane (left) is filled by the dial of a clock. A very slim passer-by, with papers under his arm and walking with a tasselled cane, is looking in at the window. 1 August 1781
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 337 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
This satire evidently relates to the same subject as BMSat 5897, that is, to the dismissal of Tildesley, the Clerk of the Works at Windsor, whose alterations to the castle have endangered its stability.
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