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- Object: The beggar's Carnival
Frontispiece to 'A Dictionary of the Slang and Cant Languages ...' By George Andrewes (price 6d.). Below the title: 'Being an exact Representation of their manner of amusing themselves; Containing the Portraits of 12 well-known Characters of London'. ('Engraved from an Original Drawing taken on the Spot, on purpose for this Work'.) A thieves' kitchen, lit by the fire (left) and a single candle backed by a round reflector above the fireplace. Men and women fight, drink, and smoke. Two ruffians in clothes of fashionable intention play cribbage; one, seated on a tub, is having his pocket picked. A man playing hand-bells, with bells attached to his cap and shoes, talks to a beggar woman with a baby. A man with both legs amputated at the knee sits on one end of a long table, drinking and shouting. Facing him stands a knock-kneed dustman. A girl dances with a black man beside a fiddler. On the dilapidated wall are prints: 'Last D..ing Speech', illustrated by bodies hanging from a gibbet; the Duke of York and 'Mr[s] Clarke', profile heads, inscribed "My Darling Angel & I."; 'Joe nrs Kiddie'.
Etching with stipple
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Height: 165 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For the Duke and his 'Darling Anger see No. 11228, &c. Cf. No. 10492.
Reid, Nos. 55, 4601. Cohn, No. 29. A pencil note: 'by G. C. Father except the 3 Upper Designs [prints on wall] by G. C.'
There is a similar subject, no title, signed 'I Cruikshank del' (4 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
Dated by M. D. George, 1809.
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