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- Object: Old Nick's pastime
Folding pl. from an unidentified book. The Devil (r.), with a human (portrait) profile, sits at a table cutting up with knife and fork the pages of a book headed 'Stranger [in] Ireland'. On the table are an open book: 'Quoting made Easy / Hamlet Hamlet', and a paper: 'Complete Cutter'. Torn papers lie cf the ground: 'Stranger, ... rations, Ireland, Dublin, Currans' Speeches'. Flames rise from the floor beside him in which fly little demons. An attendant demon flies towards 'Old Nick', bringing a book: 'Project for Travesting the Bible'. Behind him (r.) is a high pile of neatly stacked logs inscribed 'Voila Du Bois pour nourrir le feu des Enfers'. Above it is a burlesque escutcheon, with two geese as supporters. On the dexter part is a woman's calash hood, on the sinister a sharp in musical notation. Beside it hangs a wicker cage filled with geese and labelled 'Booksellers Poultry' [Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, see BMSat 11084]. Another escutcheon, on which is a pattern suggesting reindeer-antlers, has the motto 'Zinziber Radix Mea'. A procession of butchers enters the room by a doorway (l.) inscribed 'Mangling Done Here'. Their leader holds a cleaver and a paper: 'Freedom of the Butchers Company'.
12 September 1808
Stipple with etching
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Height: 217 millimetres (printed surface)
Width: 316 millimetres (printed surface)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
A satire on Edward Dubois (1774-1850), who sometimes wrote under the name of 'Old Nick', for his (anonymous) attack on Carr's 'Stranger in Ireland' in 'My Pocket Book', see BMSat 11084. This was answered by a friend of Carr in 'Old Nick's Pocket Book'.
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