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- Object: The old goat and young kid- or the Queenborough-novelist
Queensberry (left) leans from the steps of his Piccadilly house, to leer through a double spy-glass (as in BMSat 9082) at a buxom young woman who has just descended from a country wagon (right). She stands on the pavement next her father, a yokel in a smock-frock who is addressed by a fat bawd. The woman puts her hand on his shoulder, saying, "Its very lucky I met with you my honest Man if she behaves well she shall be promoted to the service of a Duke". He answers, "Very lucky indeed I'se Woundily Obliged to your Ladyship. My Dame always said as how Bet was cut out for Zarvice of your great Volkes." The wagoner is depositing in the road the corded box of Elisabeth Maybush; he looks up at Old Q, saying, "ah! I knew he'd dart out like an Old Spider at a Fly". A fashionably dressed young woman walks past the railings of 15 Piccadilly, the lower part of the house forming a background. 1 March 1798
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 277 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- George suggests, following Hawkins's annotation, that the initials "T.S." indicate that the print was made by Sansom, but the style does not correspond with prints carrying his name.
(Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The country girl coming to London to find a place was the traditional prey of the bawd, as in Hogarth's 'Harlot's Progress', BMSat 2031; cf. BMSat 5808.
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