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The graces of archery or elegant airs, attitudes and lady traps.

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  • Title (object)

    • The graces of archery or elegant airs, attitudes and lady traps.
  • Description

    Ten archers, each with a caption, arranged in two rows. Five verses are engraved beneath the title; the first and fourth are:

    'Lo! these are the Yeomen and these are the Bowmen,
    And if thou wilt be one of the Train
    Take Quiver and Bow and Feathers also
    And Coat of the Brightest Green.

    To Blackheath then repair, the resort of the Fair;
    To veiw Attitudes, figures and Graces.
    Where Bold Archers let fly, to hit the Bulls Eye,
    Or the Eyes in their Visitors Faces!!!'

    All except a capering Scot in Highland dress wear belted coat and half-boots, a hat with a round crown, and brim turned up with loop and button, and trimmed with a feather or a sprig of foliage. A quiver is slung from the belt and the limp cover of the bow is passed through the belt at the back. 1 January 1794
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1794
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 392 millimetres
    • Width: 531 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'C. Ansel Del. et Fecit.' and 'Pubd Januy Ist 1794 by S. W. Fores N° 3 Piccadilly & N° 51 St Pauls Church Yard.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    There had recently been a revival of archery. The 'Sporting Magazine' published a print of lady archers at Hatfield and gave a list of twenty 'principal societies or companies of archers', i. 54 (Nov. 1792). The frontispiece to vol. iv (1794) is an engraving of a 'Meeting of the Royal Surrey Bowmen on Epsom Downs': a 'splendid exhibition of rank and fashion', p. 293.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8547 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1794 Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1 January 1794  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 January 1794 Hand-coloured etching

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