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Pupils of nature.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Pupils of nature.
  • Description

    A tall handsome young woman walks, left to right, looking to the left with a coquettish smile. An ugly man (left), small and deformed, one leg heightened by an iron, looks up at her, saying, "Queer my Sconce but thats a D------d fine Woman, now if she has got any Shiners, I've a great mind to Noose, and tip her the go by when I'm tired of her." Both are fashionably dressed and wear spencers (see BMSat 8192). The lady wears a long fur boa, with a large muff. A pavement of large flagstones completes the design. 30 April 1798
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 278 millimetres
    • Width: 263 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'Maria Carolina Temple Delt / TS. [Sansom] Sculp / Pubd April 30. 1798, by S.W. Fores, N° 50, Piccadilly corner of Sackville St Where Prints and Drawings are lent on the Plan of a Library'
  • Curator's comments

    The attribution to Williams was made by Andrew Norton (correspondence, March 2008), "... attributions to Sansom made by Dorothy George are suspect and may have been based on Hawkin's annotations - "Pupils of nature." BM9310 is signed TS and has all of the features of early works by Charles Williams (the TS may be for Timothy Squib, a name he used on a puzzle print of this period)."


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9310 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1798 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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