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The dwarf & the giant or the strong lad of Brighton taking off the princes chum!!!!

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  • Title (object)

    • The dwarf & the giant or the strong lad of Brighton taking off the princes chum!!!!
  • Description

    A scene on the Steine at Brighton. A small, fashionably dressed man carries (left to right) a large and muscular man, who sits astride his back, naked, holding his hat to shield his person. Two ladies (right) walking together stare at him, one holding up a fan and looking through the fingers she puts across her eyes. A dog (right) snarls at the naked man. On the left the Prince of Wales stands full-face, legs astride, arms akimbo, ogling a lady who stands (left) in profile to the right, staring at him immodestly (? Lady Jersey). Another lady smiles at the Prince. In the background are promenading couples, and a house with a circular bow window. Beneath the title: 'NB The singularity of the Spectacle & the Largeness of the Object caused much mirth among the Ladies - Lady C------ [? Cholmondeley] Exclaimed with a Sigh oh it is too much for any Man!!' 5 October 1795.
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1795
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 273 millimetres
    • Width: 357 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name and publishing details: 'I C [Cruikshank.] London Pub October 5 1795 by S W Fores N 50 Piccadilly Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Sir John Lade made a bet with the huge Lord Cholmondeley (see BMSat 5911) that he would carry him twice round the Steine. At the appointed place he ordered Cholmondeley to strip, and on the latter's refusal won his bet. H. D. Roberts, 'Some Brighton Caricatures', 'Print Collectors Quarterly', xxiii. 109.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8679 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  5 October 1795.  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 5 October 1795. Hand-coloured etching

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