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Series: Phrenological illustrations
See No. 15191-  A Billingsgate scene. Two fishwives shriek insults at each other, surrounded by interested and appraising market-people. A primly dressed woman walks off, shocked. Behind are masts and a notice-board: 'Notice All boats laden with Oysters arriving at Billings-Gate Market during the season to be moored at the Head of Billingsg...' Cf. No. 13081.  'Ideality'. A man starts up in bed, terrified at clothes on a chair which resemble a ghastly seated man. Garments on a peg resemble a white-robed figure. A full moon, with grinning features, is seen through the window.  'Wit'. A poor old woman with a lantern in a churchyard is terrified by boys hiding behind a tombstone inscribed '"Alas Poor Yorick"'; they hold up a turnip-headed 'ghost' on a pole.  'Imitation— &—Approbation', the words applying to Mathews (1.) and his audience. On the stage Mathews, wearing black spectacles, stands behind his table with its two lamps as in No. 14714; &c. He holds up a skull with phrenological markings (as in No. 15191); other skulls are on the table. He mimics a phrenological lecture, to the delight of the audience, who laugh and clap; one has a playbill: 'Mathews at Home'.  'Comparison'. Contrasted figures approach each other: a very tall thin man with a neatly furled umbrella under his arm, at the corner of 'Long Acre' (right) and a very short woman with ballooning petticoats and open parasol, opposite 'Little St Martin's Lane'. Two barelegged boys point and jeer. 1 August 1826
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 300 millimetres
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- Fifth plate of six stitched together with a wood-engraved title-page and paper cover; see record for 1987,U.3023.1.
(Description and following comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
There is a pencil sketch in which only  and  are as the print. There are also sketches for 15194 , reversed, and 15197 . See 1891,1117.167 (Binyon, i. 290. Pressmark 199.c.2/167).
A woodcut copy of  in Gallery of Comicalities' (Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, 21 Oct. 1827), caption, ‘Studies from Demosthenes’; or ‘Eloquence on the Water-side’.
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Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179