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A barbers examination.

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • A barbers examination.
  • Description

    A stout justice (right), wearing a cocked hat, sits in an arm-chair, his hands on his knees, glaring up at a lean and dishevelled tradesman, wearing an apron, who stands (left) in profile to the right, his hat under his arm, his fingers interlaced. The justice says: "How dare you fellow - not having the fear of me before your eyes) write over your shop in Capital letters CITIZEN SHAVER to the SWINISH MULTITUDE". The barber answers: "Please your Worship, I had advice of Counsel - he said I was a great fool for so doing but your Worship would be a greater if you took any notice of it." 25 November 1795
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 361 millimetres
    • Width: 251 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'London Pubd Novr 25 1795 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly the Corner of Sackville St - NB Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    For the political capital made out of Burke's unfortunate phrase see BMSat 8500, &c. An actual occurrence, see Place Press Cuttings, xxxvii. 29. (B.M.L., Colindale.)


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8696 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1795 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

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  • Department

    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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