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A fox-hunting breakfast

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  • Title (object)

    • A fox-hunting breakfast
  • Description

    Three men sit at a rectangular table, on which stand two lighted candles and a medley of breakfast things: a coffee-pot, tea-pot, wine-bottle, &c. One stretches and yawns; one, drinking wine, is dressed as a huntsman; another, drinking coffee, is having his hair dressed by a servant who stands behind him. A fourth man stands by the table. A very stout man (r.) sits back in a chair pulling on a top-boot, his other boot lies beside him. A clock against the wall points to 5.15. A dog lies asleep in the foreground. Beneath the design is engraved:

    "The Man that will not leave his bed
    For sport so blithe & bonny,
    Well swear he hates fatigue & dirt,
    And call him Macaroni.

    We'll wonder at his want of Taste,
    Since nothing so bewitches,
    As living all the winter long
    in Boots & Leather Breeches." 5 May 1777
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1777
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 229 millimetres
    • Width: 358 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "J. H.", "R. S." and "Pubd 5th May 1777, by W. Humphrey, Gerrard Street, Soho."
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5455 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1777 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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