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- Object: Butter Cups & Daisies a sketch from Low-Life
London characters strung out in an open space, perhaps Tothill Fields, Westminster, where dustmen dumped their loads. Two dustmen appear to be racing; one stands in his clumsy cart, with (two) iron-shod wheels, driving a galloping horse; behind (left), the traces of the second horse have broken, the cart tilts back, the dustman falls out, the horse falls on its head. Two other dustmen watch, one cheers. A tattered man adjusts the basket on the head of a fish-woman who wears an old army tunic; beside them is a ragged pregnant woman. A crippled dwarf in a top-hat, 'little Jemmy', sits on a low stool as in BM Satires 14351, supporting himself on crutches. Another dwarf, sitting in a box on wheels, drives two dogs tandem; he holds (?) a bunch of matches. Behind him (right) walks a rat-catcher, with a band across his shoulders on which are rat-skins, and holding a cage of rats. He is preceded and followed by a dog. A butcher-boy walks (left to right) with his tray. Billy Waters, see BM Satires 14633, plays his fiddle and dances, his wooden leg extended. A knock-kneed chimney-sweep is on the extreme right. On the left a thin Italian carries images on a board balanced on his head; these include a Venus, a bust, a figure of Napoleon, and a bird. A ragged bare-legged woman holding an infant bawls a ballad, holding out a broadside, Black Joke. Two Jewish Old Clo' men face each other, absorbed in bargaining. One is bearded and wears two hats, the other is more fashionably dressed and holds a large bag, from which a small boy is stealing.
In the middle distance is (left) a small caravan, at the door of which are a (?) zany and a man blowing a trumpet to advertise their show. On the right are a boy riding an ass, and two trollops fighting. In the background (tiny figures) are Savoyard musicians (see BM Satires 13047), and (right) a pugilistic fight with a few spectators, one a dustman. 1 May 1822
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 156 millimetres
Width: 438 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
One of a pair with the same signatures and imprint, see No. 14462. The plates echo the low- and high-life scenes of No. 14320, &c.
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