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- Object: Sr Robert Fagg & the Gipsy
Satire on Sir Robert Fagge, showing him on a poor-conditioned, thin horse offering a coin to a country woman in exchange for eggs that she carries in a basket.
- Production date
- 1734 (circa)
Height: 155 millimetres
Width: 182 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Entry from F. G. Stephens, Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum Division I. Political and Personal Satires, Vol. III: 1:
This etching shows an old man sitting on horseback, looking to our left, holding a purse in one hand, and offering a piece of money to a young woman, who stands by his horse's head, and carries a basket of eggs on her arm. She laughs at him.
There is a copy of this print, the execution of which is inferior to that of the above; see (No. 2.), with the same title and date, No. 2024.
Sir Robert Fagg, who was M.P. for Steyning, Sussex, and a Baronet, died Sept. 14, 1740, is stated to be among the audience in Hogarth's picture " A Scene in the ' Beggars' Opera.' " There is a reference to this person in "Applebee's Original Weekly Journal," &c. May 27, 1721. "Last Week Sir Robert Fagg's little black Galloway beat all the siz'd Horses that ran at Lewis in Sussex for the King's 100£ Plate." " The Art of Politicks," see " Risum teneatis amici?", No. 1833, says:—
" Leave you of mighty Interest to brag,
And poll two Voices like Sir Robert Fagg."
The original copper-plate of this work was (18 17) in the possession of Mr. Wilkinson, of Fenchurch Street.
6 6/8 X 4 5/8 in.
For another impression and comment, see S,1.71
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