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A Perry-lous situation; or, the doctor and his friends keeping the bumbrusher and her myrmidons at bay.

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    • A Perry-lous situation; or, the doctor and his friends keeping the bumbrusher and her myrmidons at bay.
  • Description

    Two opposing groups confront each other: on the left is a constable with a staff, a timorous assistant, and on the extreme left a schoolmistress holding up a birch-rod. They are threatened by a tall young man, who puts his arm round the waist of a young woman, and by another man; both aim pistols at the constable. An older woman, on the extreme right, stands protectingly behind the young woman. The schoolmistress says, "Let me get her again into my hands and I'll tickle her Toby nicely - Consider my Reward, Gentlemen, I'll now give two hundred pounds." The constable's assistant says, "Ay, Mistress, but we mun consider our own sens also - he is a desperate looking dog". The constable, whose red waistcoat suggests the Bow Street runner, says, "In the name of Mistress Sharp-look-out, the Schoolmistress, I command you to deliver up little Miss - and return to the pestle and Mortar". Perry, who has eloped with the girl, answers, "Throw Physic to the dogs, I'll none of it!" She says to him, "Dear Doctor save me from my governess." Perry's supporter says, "No farther at your peril." The woman says, "Dont be alarm'd, Miss there is no danger." 17 April 1791 Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1791
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 312 millimetres
    • Width: 428 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: 'London Pubd April 17. 1791. by W. Holland N° 50. Oxford St In Holland's Exhibition Rooms may be seen the largest Collection of Caricatures in Europe. Admittance one Shilling'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    Richard Perry, a surgeon and apothecary of Bristol, eloped (to Gretna Green) with Clementina Clarke, an heiress of fifteen. On 4 April the Bow Street magistrates advertised £1,000 reward for securing Miss Clarke and returning her to Bow Street or to Miss Selina Mills, the governess at Bristol, Perry (who was passing as Captain Inglefield) and his confederates (his apprentice Salmon and Elizabeth Baker) to be apprehended for felony. 'Lond. Chronicle', 24 March, 8 April, &c. See also BMSats 7990, 7992.


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    • BM Satires 7991 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (Satires British 1791Unmounted 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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