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The chymical macaroni, Capn Ludgate

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  • Title (object)

    • The chymical macaroni, Capn Ludgate
  • Description

    A man wearing quasi-military dress, a sash over his left. shoulder, holds a mortar inscribed "Cantharides" and a pestle. He has a very long narrow stiffened queue which sticks out, making an acute angle with his neck. On this is inscribed 2Family Medicine Chests neatly fitted up". From a building whose wall just appears on the right. hangs a sign "The Old Hog in Armour New Revived". In the background (l.) a monkey holds up a cat by the tail and administers a "Purge", the label of the bottle being so inscribed. Beneath the title is engraved,

    "With what sweet Chymic Airs, he leads ye City Band,
    Or deals his penny Wares from his important Hand." 25 November 1772 Etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1772
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 197 millimetres
    • Width: 128 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Terry Fecit." and "Publd as ye Act directs Novr 25th 1772 by G. Terry Pater Noster Row."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Apparently the caricature of an apothecary who was an officer in the City militia or Trained Bands.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5069 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1772 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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