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Philosophical lecturer.

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  • Title (object)

    • Philosophical lecturer.
  • Description

    The first [1] of four vignettes arranged symmetrically. The lecturer, wearing breeches and top-boots, stands on the edge of his platform gesticulating to an audience of men and women who register amusement, horror, or stupidity: 'It's all a farce! I tell you it's all a farce—there are no clouds, no mountains, no trees, no water—I've proved it, it's nothing, depend on it—nothing—bona fide nothing'. Behind him is a terrestrial globe on a table, and on the wall a paper: 'Bishop Berkley'. [2] 'An Irish Character'. A very stout woman seated by a table, interviews a smiling maidservant: 'But what character have you?" "An't plase you, Mr Patrick O'Blarney has known me these eighteen years—he left Dublin just before I was born, and has known me ever since".' [3] 'March of Intellect' [see BM Satires No. 15604]. A ragged old woman addresses a little girl behind the counter of a ramshackle shop: 'I want some bacca and tatees, my dear"—Bacca and tatees, Missus—You should say To-bacco and Po-tatoes". —"Eh, eh! you little fool—whoever heard of To-bacco and Po-tatoes."' [4] 'Pic-Nic Provision'. Four men and four women sit in a close circle on the grass; two men are standing, one, holding a leg of mutton, says: '"What! have you all provided mutton? what ten legs! Well, I propose that every man eat his own leg"—Yes, Sir, that's all very well; but what's to be done with the ladies' legs?" eh?' 1 July 1829


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  • Date

    • 1829
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 251 millimetres
    • Width: 323 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 15989 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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