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- Object: Tickling the fancy or virtue, eloqence
Half-length portrait of an auctioneer leaning on his rostrum, looking to the right, his hammer held up between thumb and fore-finger. His words are etched beneath the design: 'Purling Rills in all their Beauty, but I will not Insult Your Judgment comments are unnecessary 900Gs I thank you Sir The Enchanting Flame of Ovid Joind to the Wit of Martial 950Gs I dont wish to be tedious Gentn 950Gs but I beg Pardon you are fascinated Permit me to remind you this little Magic Instrumt can rob you of an Oppertunity you may never again Possess - & then the Curtain will be Drawn between you & this Inestimable Jewel for Evere.' 5 March 1801
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Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 148 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Probably a portrait of Christie (1730-1803), noted for his high-flown language. There is some resemblance to other portraits. Cf. BMSats 6101, 8526.
Supplementary information: The attribution to John Cawse on stylistic grounds and the identification of the publisher were made by Andrew Norton (personal communiction, 4 March 2008).
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