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- Object: Toby Fillpot
A jovial and enormously stout man sits on a chair holding a large frothing jug in his right hand, a pipe in his left. Behind him are trees. His contour resembles that of a Toby jug. Beneath the design are verses beginning:
'Dear Tom this brown Jug that now foams with mild Ale
(In which I will drink to sweet Nan of the Vale)
Was once Toby Fillpot, a thirsty old Soul - '.
They describe how a potter formed the jug out of the clay of Toby when he had long been buried. 3 April 1786
Hand-coloured mezzotint with etching
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Height: 354 millimetres
Width: 253 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
It is suggested that the original of the Toby jug was Edward King, commonly called Toby, whose head was on the sign of his coffee-house at Coventry. See Caulfield, 'Remarkable Persons', 1819, i, pp. 125 ff.
'Caricatures', i. 175.
(i) lettered with the title, song of three verses in three columns 'Dear Tom this brown Jug that now foams with mild ... So here's to my lovely sweet Nan of the Vale.' and 'Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, .. No. 69 St. Paul's Church Yard, London. // 568 // Published as the Act directs, 3 April 1785'
(ii) republished by Bowles & Carver; publication line altered to 'Printed for & Sold by Boales & Carver, // No. 69 St. Paul's Church Yard, London.'
Sale catalogue listings
Carington Bowles, 1790, p. 110 no. 547
- Not on display
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- 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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