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- Object: The mothers hope
A little boy (looking more like a girl) in a frock and cross-gartered shoes, with short, untidy hair, stands agressively, one foot raised to kick, fists clenched. At his feet are a battledore and shuttlecock and a doll; above his head hangs a canary in a cage. He shouts: I dont like Dolls!—I dont like Canary Birds—I hate Battledore and Shuttlecock, I like Drums, and Trumpets—I wont go to school—I will stay at home—I will have my own way in every thing!! The mother, an ugly middle-aged woman (right), in an old-fashioned dress, with a cap and apron, stoops towards him, saying, Bless the Baby—what an aspiring spirit—if he goes on in this way—he will be a second Buonaparte! Behind her (right) stands a pretty nursemaid holding a younger child who screams and waves a rattle. One of the prints in No. 11133. Cf. Nos. 11146, 11616.
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Height: 318 millimetres (printed surface)
Width: 223 millimetres (printed surface)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Grego, Rowlandson, ii. 86-7 (reproduction). Reproduced, Klingender, Hogarth and English Caricature, 1944, p. 57.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005 Mar-Jun, Bath, Holburne Mus of Art, 'Pictures of Innocence:...'
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