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Object: Nobody made fun of -
Series: Scraps and sketches
 'Nobody, desires the Painter to make him as Ugly and as ridiculous as possible—' An artist, resembling G. Cruikshank, stands by his easel bending towards his sitter, 'Nobody', a man with long legs and no body as in No. 12438, &c. The latter sprawls in a chair, saying, 'Now mind, you are to make me appear as Ugly as you can—aye you may stare...' [&c. &c.]. Painter: ''Tis an odd request! But I'll do my best'.
 'The Mill post—or—paviers assistant'. Street scene. A fat woman, whose short petticoats display vast legs, is talking to Nobody, a dandy. In the background is a pavior ramming down cobble-stones. He says: 'sure if my wife had a leg like that what sarvice she'd be to me!!'
 'The Bow—& the friend in kneed'. The 'k' in 'kneed' crossed through. Two plebeian 'nobodies', one with bowlegs, the other grotesquely knock-kneed. Cf. No. 16458.
 'Nobody prefers false calves'. A dandy adjusts a calf on to a stick-like leg. Behind is a cheval-glass, Cf. No. 13062.
 'Shortshanks & Longshanks—' A 'nobody' with extravagantly long legs leans against a post, derisively pointing at a midget 'nobody'.
 'Spindle Shanks & Drum Sticks'. An elongated dancing-master, kit in hand, bows, a posture impossible to his pupil with rigid 'drum stick' legs. Both are nobodies.
 'Sabre Shanks or cheese cutters.—Bandy shanks'. The former, an oafish fellow whose shins are curved outwards, dances with agility; the other plays a fiddle; his shins are curved also, but he is knock-kneed. The latter: 'Bravo! Sharp shins! Now then cut six for a finish'. 1 February 1831
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Height: 276 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Final plate of a series of six, stitched together with a paper cover. See curator's comment for 1978,U.123.1.
An enlarged adaptation, signed 'George Cruikshank', is on the title of 'Distractions par Henry— Monnier | to his friend George Cruikshank', 1832, published Paris (Paulin and Lith. Delarue) and London (Colnaghi). The fiddler is as in the original; the dancer is more elegant and elongated, with flying coat-tails. Champfleury, Monnier, p. 331.
There is a sheet of pencil studies for all but ; for this there is an inscription, 1891,1117.276 (Binyon i. 293; P&D pressmark 199.c.2/276).
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179