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- Object: Two Impures of the Ton driving to the Gigg Shop, Hammersmith
Two ladies driving in a gig, advancing diagonally towards the spectator from left to right, on the road from Hyde Park Corner to Knightsbridge. The gig, which has a crest on its panel, is drawn by a pair of ponies with long tails and manes. The lady driving is standing up, she wears the fashionable driving dress of the period, coat and waistcoat of masculine cut, full skirt without a hoop, large feathered hat; a bunch of seals hangs from her waistcoat. Her companion (right) sits demurely with folded arms; her dress is more feminine. The faces of both are patched. The background shows the front of St. George's Hospital (left); under the pediment is a large board inscribed 'Saint Georges Hospital for Sick'. Next it (right) is a gate into Tattersall's; over the wall appears the top of a pedestal inscribed 'Tattersal' which supports the statue of a horse. 15 January 1781
Hand-coloured mezzotint with etching
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Height: 353 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 2010,7081.3212 for a German advertisement sheet listing this and fifteen other English drolls, published by Sayer & Bennett and Carington Bowles.
See also the reduced version, and an etched version of this published by Sayer & Bennett on 6 February 1781 (2010,7081.2166; 1880,1113.5891)
- 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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