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Which is the better man or the pot calls the kettle black a-e

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    • Which is the better man or the pot calls the kettle black a-e
  • Description

    One of a set of prints on the suspected marriage of the Prince of Wales, see BMSat 6924, &c. The Prince (right) and a tailor (left) are fighting, each supported by a woman. The tailor fights with a yard-measure inscribed 'The Brighton Taylors Yard', using his goose or iron as a shield; he says, "We'll have no Idolatry". His cap resembles a fool's cap; his stockings are ungartered; his shears lie at his feet. The Prince raises a bludgeon similar to the one carried by Hanger (see BMSat 6924, &c), its head being the profile head of Hanger; it is inscribed, 'The Royal Bang you or Whapp ye'. In his left hand is a rolled document inscribed 'Matri[mo]ny'; he says, "There shall be no Fornication". Mrs. Fitzherbert stands on the extreme right holding up her hand admonishingly and saying, "Stand stiff for the Sex Georggy". Behind the tailor (left) stands a young woman in profile and pregnant (Kitty Wade), raising her left fist and saying, "I'll Wade to my middle for Snip". In her right hand are a cucumber and onions, the tailor's emblems, cf. BMSat 5805. Behind this couple is the tailor's house, inscribed, 'J. Motherhill - Womans Taylor'. Behind Mrs. Fitzherbert is an inn, of which she appears to be the landlady, with a signpost surmounted by a crown: 'George & ye Dragon', with St. George on horseback killing the dragon. 5 April 1786 Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1786
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 278 millimetres
    • Width: 391 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: 'Published 5th April, 1786, by S. W. Fores, at the Caricature-Warehouse, N° 3, Piccadilly.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    John Motherill was a Brighton tailor tried for rape against one Catherine Wade. A shorthand account of the trial was published. 'Rambler's Magazine', 1786, p. 125. Cf. BMSats 6941, 7076.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6942 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (Satires British 1786 Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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