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Charity covereth a multitude of sins

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  • Title (object)

    • Charity covereth a multitude of sins
  • Description

    A young military officer wearing a gorget stands at the door of a house, his left hand on the knocker, looking up at two courtesans who lean out of a sash-window over the door. He puts a coin into the hat of a disabled sailor who stands behind him, supported on crutches, his forehead bandaged. Behind the sailor are two itinerant musicians: a man carrying a rectangular box, and a woman turning the handle of a mechanical organ which is slung round her neck, her mouth is open as if singing.
    The door of the house is ornamented with a carved wooden pediment, and bears a plate "Mrs Mitchel". The knocker has a lion's head. Only the corner of the house appears, the street is "Cleveland Row". A brick wall extends from the house to the left, over it appear trees, and a notice-board inscribed "Men Traps are laid here: every Night also ...." On the wall a placard is pasted, "Dr Leaks Pills. . . ". 27 November 1781
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1781
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 333 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and text within image.
        Annotated with date below image: "Novr. 27 1781".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Mrs. Mitchell was one of the chief keepers of fashionable houses of ill fame; a Mrs. Welch kept such a house in Cleveland Row. H. Bleackley, 'Ladies Fair and Frail', pp. 143, 183.
    Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 105. (Reproduction.)


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5930 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1989/90 Nov-Jan, Glasgow City AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson
    1990 Jan-Mar, Leicester City AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson
    1990/1 Nov-Jan, Maidstone Museum, World of Thomas Rowlandson
    1991 Jan-Mar, Swansea, Glynn Vivian AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 27 November 1781  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 27 November 1781 Hand-coloured etching

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