- Museum number
- Object: The Old Maid and her Tom Cat.
Heading to a printed broadside. A court of law, purporting to be 'At the Old Bailey September 4. George I. The King v. -'. The defendant, a well-dressed youth, stands in the dock (left) addressing the jury. The judge listens on the right; the prosecutrix (left) stands facing him; she is a grotesquely ugly old maid, holding up a handkerchief in sign of grief. Three counsel sit at a round table which fills the body of the court. An usher holds up a dead cat, tied by its tail to a long pole with a black bow. Jurymen snigger in their box on the judge's right. The text is a report of the trial, consisting chiefly of a humorous defence by the youth who had shot the old cat. The costume is c. 1815. Cf. No. 11126.
Hand-coloured etching and letterpress
- Production date
- 1815 (c.)
Height: 165 millimetres (image)
Height: 430 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 215 millimetres
Width: 285 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Reid, No. 433. Reproduced, 'Cruikshankian Momus', p. 88.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179