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- Object: Intelligence on the Change of the Ministry
Interior of a poorly-appointed barber's shop. The barber (left) is shaving a customer who sits in profile to the left facing the window, he holds his razor carelessly, to his customer's alarm, while looking eagerly towards another customer, who sits (right) on a stool in profile to the left, reading from the 'Morning Chronicle'. The barber's assistant or apprentice, a small ragged fellow, gapes up at the reader, he straddles across the stand of a barber's block on which is the wig which he is combing. Two other customers listen intently, both wear aprons, one of them is a shoemaker with a last under his arm. The man reading is shown to be a tailor by the yard-measure which hangs from his coat-pocket.
On the wall hang coat, hat, wig, a broken looking-glass, a ballad, a roller-towel. In the window wigs are suspended. On the floor are two wig-boxes (left), inscribed 'Mr Deputy Grizzle' and 'Mr Snipp', a barber's bowl, and a night-cap. c.April 1783
Hand-coloured mezzotint with etching
- Production date
- 1783 (circa)
Height: 353 millimetres
Width: 252 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
The Coalition is evidently under discussion. One of the many satires on the intense interest taken by mechanics and tradesmen in politics. Cf. BMSat 6351, a companion print.
Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 33.
(i) lettered with the title and '477 // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. // Published as the Act directs [erased from known impressions]'
(ii) republished by Bowles & Carver; lettered 'Printed for Bowles & Carver, at their Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased from known impressions]' [1935,0522.1.52]
Sale catalogue listings
Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 119 no. 472; 1790, p. 109 no. 499. The pair, 'Intelligence on the Peace' was not included in the 1784 catalogue.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.
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