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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Spencers
  • Description

    A ragged street musician, playing a pipe and tabor to a troupe of five dancing dogs, stands (left) in profile to the right. The dogs, one dressed as a woman, all wear spencers or short coats of slightly varying patterns. He wears a spencer, or ragged coat with a broad collar, cut short below the hips, the tattered tail of another coat hanging below it. The spectators who watch the dogs are similarly dressed: a fat man, full-face, clasping his sides, wears a half-coat over a tail-coat. The woman next him wears a short spencer over her high-waisted dress, as do two others who walk away. On the left is a young blood, similarly but more extravagantly dressed, with cropped hair, deep swathed neck-cloth, half-boots with deep tops; he holds a bludgeon. His curiously drawn and much caricatured companion (right) is dressed like the other women, all of whom wear tall feathers in their turbans or bonnets. Beneath the title are twelve lines of verse beginning:

    'Dont think my puppies stand alone
    If you will make the search Sir
    Puppies at the Bar you'll find
    And Puppies in the Church Sir!
    Half coat pups and booted pups
    And. pups without their hair Sir.' 13 March 1796
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 343 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With stamp 'S.W.F'
        Lettered: 'Pub March 13 1796 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly the Corner of Sackville St Folios of Caracature lent out for the Evening - Prints & Drawings lent out on the plan of a Circulating Library'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    For the spencer see BMSat 8192 (1792).

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8903 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1796 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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