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- Object: Listons Dream!
Liston starts up in bed, alarmed at Venus who stands upon cloud at the foot of his bed (left). Mrs. Liston, small and doll-like (cf. BM Satires 12327), sleeps beside him. A large crescent moon shines through the window. On an arm-chair by the bed (right) are heaped top-hat, trousers, &c, a volume of Shakespeare, a candle (extinguished), and a glass of grog. In the lower margin:
As Liston lay wrapt in delicious repose,
Most harmoniously playing a tune on his nose,
In a Dream there appeared the adorable Venus,
Who said, "to be sure there's no likeness between us,
But to show that a Goddess to kindness so prone is,
Your looks shall soon rival the handsome Adonis."
Liston woke in a fright, and cried, "Heaven preserve me,
If my face you improve, Zounds, Madam, you'll starve me."
Hand-coloured etching with aquatint
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Height: 277 millimetres
Width: 380 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Cf. No. 15378.
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