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Ban-yan day on board the Magnificent; or, pease porridge hot from the coppers!

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    • Ban-yan day on board the Magnificent; or, pease porridge hot from the coppers!
  • Description

    The King and three princesses are seated at a round dinner-table on the deck of a man-of-war. A large bowl is on the centre of the table, into which the ladies dip their Spoons; a sailor, putting his hand on the King's shoulder, holds a spoon to his mouth. The King clutches a dish of Cheese. A sailor behind the King (right) points to another sailor who stands at the top of a ladder leading up to the deck holding a bunch of turnips. Military bandsmen (right) play a drum and a pipe; two negroes standing (left) behind the princesses play, one a French horn, the other a bassoon. Beneath the title is etched: 'On piping to dinner he ask'd what the Seamen din'd upon, he was answered it was Ban-yan day: then said he let me have some Pease hot from the Coppers.
    A Punch Bowl full were instantly served up. Tom Bowling had the honor of feeding the R------l Guests, who went away highly pleas'd with their nautical luncheon.' 29 July 1789 Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1789
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 249 millimetres
    • Width: 368 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: "At N° 50 Oxford St may be seen the largest Collection in Europe of Caricatures - Admittce I Shilg London, Pubd by Wm Holland, N° 50, Oxford St, July 29, 1789"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    On 18 July the King, with the Princesses Royal, Augusta, and Elizabeth, went on board the Magnificent from Weymouth, and took a cold collation in the cabin. 'London Chronicle', 21 July 1789. Mrs. Harcourt notes in her diary the frequent sea-expeditions of the royal party: 'The sailors delighted in the Princesses and said they would make capital wives for sailors and soldiers and other poor men.' 'Diary', Philobiblon Society, 1871-2. Cf. BMSat 7549. Banyan day is a sea-term for days on which no meat is allowed to sailors. Grose, 'Dict. Vulg. Tongue', 1796.
    Similar in manner to BMSat 7544.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7547 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1789 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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