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- Object: The devil reproving sin.
Behind the scenes of a theatre, indicated by boards and setting, four persons are closely grouped. Miss Paton (Lady W. Lennox) puts her arms round Wood's neck; his arm is round her waist; he is in theatrical costume with high feathered cap and cloak. Col. Berkeley, rakish-looking in a bell-shaped top-hat, riding breeches and boots, and holding a hunting-crop, touches Wood with a knowing smile, saying, 'My dear fellow be prudent—consider how the lady's character will suffer by your protection'. The lady says to Wood: 'O! never mind the Colonel's chaff—while you stick to me I shall be satisfied'. Lord W. Lennox (left), antlers on his head, presses towards the others, saying, 'I shan't have a feather to fly with'. In the background (left) an angry young woman looks towards the group, restrained by an elderly one, who holds her arm. She says: 'Oh, mother did you hear what the Colonel said'. The elder lady: 'Hoot away, hoot away Marget—dinna make a fool o yoursel—where would you git a' your finery without him?' 12 June 1830
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Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 372 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
On the same plate as No. 16422.
See No. 16420, &c. Such a colloquy in Miss Paton's dressing-room is the subject of "a pathetic, moral, and romantic drama" in verse in 'Bell's Life', 13 June. Lennox is accused of treating her harshly and taking her salary "for his private uses". Berkeley, the rake par excellence of the period, see vol. x, rebukes Wood for "setting a most terrible example" and departs to Mrs. Bunn (see No. 14870). 'Meg' is clearly Margaret Bunn (born in Lanark) with her mother Mrs. Somerville.
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