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- Object: Whims of the moment or the Bedford level!!
A design in two compartments. On the left a well-dressed man staggers back in horror as he regards his queue of hair which he holds in his right hand. His hair has been roughly cropped at the back of the neck. He says:
"Tis gone, - and like the baseless fabric of a Vision, - left not a wreck behind."
Behind him is a table on which are a decanter and glass.
On the right a plainly dressed farmer's wife gazes with horror at her husband (left) who stands with his back to her, grinning, his hands deep in his coat-pockets, his hat under his arm. She says: "Bless me our John - what hast thee done with thy toil?" He answers, "Dock'd un, to be the go!" His hair is cropped showing an ugly expanse of neck. 20 November 1795
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Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 359 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The handsome Duke of Bedford was noted for his cropped hair. For the Bedford Level see BMSat 8639.
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