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Very Slippy-Weather.

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  • Title (object)

    • Very Slippy-Weather.
  • Description

    One of a set of seven plates by Gillray, BMSat 11094-100, all with the same signature and imprint. An elderly man bumps violently on the pavement outside Humphrey's shop in a sitting position; his legs (in tasselled Hessians) fly up, but he carefully holds a thermometer in a vertical position. Hat and wig fly off, coins pour from his breeches pocket, a snuff-box bowls away, a dog barks at him. He is unobserved by four men who gaze at the shop-window, and by a grotesquely ugly ragged boy with skates, who walks past, intent on the window. The shop-front is depicted in detail: a glass-paned door (r.), with a fan-light above it. 'Humphrey' over the door; 'N° 27' on the door-post. Through the glass door two men, one a fat drink-blotched parson, are seen inspecting 'Catholic Emancipation' [BMSat 10404]. Next the door (l.) is a bow-fronted shop-window, every pane filled with one of Gillray's prints. The upper rightow are (l. to r.): 'Taking Physick' [BMSat 9584], 'A Gentle Emetic' [BMSat 10304], 'A Brisk Cathartic' [BMSat 10305], 'Breathing a Vein' [BMSat 10306], 'Charming Well again' [BMSat 10307], all probably drawn by Sneyd. The next row: 'in at the Death' [BMSat 9595], 'French Gingerbd Baker' [BMSat 10518], 'King of Brobdingg & Gulliver' [BMSat 10019], 'Kick at ye Broad Bottoms' [BMSat 10709], 'Oh that this too Solid Flesh' [BMSat 8013]. The titles of the four following are hidden by the heads of the window-gazers: ['A Decent Story'] (BMSat 8753), ['Ladies Dress, as it soon will be,'] (BMSat 8896), ['Two-Penny Whist'] (BMSat 8885), a print, largely obscured, and probably drawn to fill a small space: a man raises a club to smite down Napoleon, whose head, cocked hat, and hands only are visible, 'Palemon & Lavinia' [BMSat 10480]. The lower prints are hidden by the railings. Above the design: '- St James's Street. -'
    10 February 1808
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1808
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 252 millimetres
    • Width: 194 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name, title and publication line: "Etch'd by Js Gillray. / London, Publish'd February 10th 1808. by H. Humphrey, 27, St James's Street."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Reproduced (e.g.) Broadley, i, frontispiece. Fuchs, i. 171; Klingender, 'Hogarth and English Caricature', 1944, p. 37.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11100 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 February 1808  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 February 1808 Hand-coloured etching

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