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Object: [Pl. 3. No title]
Series: Scraps and sketches
 —"Ignorance is bliss—" Two liveried flunkeys, 'pampered menials', lounge on the doorsteps of a town house, a bloated dog seated between them. One asks his obese companion 'What is Taxes Thomas?!!' Answer: 'I'm sure I don't Know!' Inside the hall a grossly fat porter sleeps in his hooded chair.
 'Gentility!—' A little chimney-sweep, decked out in ribbons, and holding brush and shovel, addresses another 'climbing boy': 'vhy I say Jim ar'nt you a gooing out with Jack & the Green?!!' The other: 'No. Master says as how its werry low—Ve ar all a going to dine with the Masters & Missus's at Vite Condic [White Conduit] House'. For sweeps on May Day cf. No. 6740.
 'Brobdignag Bonnet—' Seven people beside the wearer walk under the flat brim of a huge ribbon-trimmed hat. Cf. No. 15618.
 "Now that, I heard"— One ragged street lad says to another, at the corner of 'Argyll Street': 'Hallo! Jack vare are you agoing to?' The (ironical) answer: 'Oh! vhy I'm a going to a Consort at the Argyll Rooms!' (Cf. No. 15604.)
 'A Jolly Companion'. Bust profile to the right of a man constructed of materials for punch; the shoulders are the broken top of a sugar-loaf; bowl, decanter, two glasses, lemon, lemon-squeezer, and corkscrew make up the head. Cf. No. 11824, &c.
 'All a blowing all a growing' (the cry of the London street-sellers of plants). A woman's figure is formed of a hand-bell whose handle, the body, supports an immense hat, the crown covered with flowers; ribbon streamers from brim to shoulders form arms. Cf. No. 15611.†.
 'Tooth Powder . A sufferer from tooth-ache, seated on a couch, extracts a tooth by firing a pistol, the bullet attached by a string to the tooth. 20 May 1828
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Height: 278 millimetres (approx. sheet)
Width: 382 millimetres (approx. sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Third plate of a series of six, stitched together with a paper front cover. See curator's comment for 1978,U.158.1.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
An impression of , 'transferred to stone and printed by Mr. Jobbins', is a pl. to Thackeray, Essay, p. 23. An adaptation by Leach, 'After George Cruikshank', is a cartoon in Punch, 14 Nov. 1846: Peel asks 'What is to be done with Ireland John?' Lord John Russell answers as above. The dog becomes the British Lion. Cf. No. 16113.
A sheet of pencil sketches, autographed, the centre one a drawing of ; Thomas says 'Am sur I dont now'. There is also a sketch, 1891,1117.245, at P&D pressmark 199.c.2/245 for 15620  seen from a different angle. Binyon, i. 292.
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Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179