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Sale of a Wife in Smithfield Market

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1990,1109.50

  • Title (object)

    • Sale of a Wife in Smithfield Market
  • Description

    Social satire; a large, ugly woman with a plumed bonnet stands in front of a bench, a rope around her neck and a man behind her considering her; a second man sits on the bench, one leg securing the end of the rope, pointing at her and holding her chin; a third man in front of the bench, with an apron and his hat in his hand, gestures towards her while a fourth man in hat and neckerchief lays his hand on the third man's shoulder; text below explains that the second man is trying to sell the woman, whom he describes as "Beef to the Heels", with invisible horns that will make themselves felt, along with ten pounds worth of bad halfpence, for half a guinea; the third man says that he will take up the offer, although he has had two wives that he would have sold for half the sum. 25 July 1797
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1797
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 200 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with the title, and with text beneath the image, and " Finucane, delint.", and "Published 25th. July, 1797, by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London."
  • Bibliography

    • Laurie & Whittle Quarto Drolls 1795 187 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Post-binder)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1990

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1990,1109.50

Social satire; a large, ugly woman with a plumed bonnet stands in front of a bench, a rope around her neck and a man behind her considering her; a second man sits on the bench, one leg securing the end of the rope, pointing at her and holding her chin; a third man in front of the bench, with an apron and his hat in his hand, gestures towards her while a fourth man in hat and neckerchief lays his hand on the third man's shoulder; text below explains that the second man is trying to sell the woman, whom he describes as "Beef to the Heels", with invisible horns that will make themselves felt, along with ten pounds worth of bad halfpence, for half a guinea; the third man says that he will take up the offer, although he has had two wives that he would have sold for half the sum.  25 July 1797  Hand-coloured etching

Social satire; a large, ugly woman with a plumed bonnet stands in front of a bench, a rope around her neck and a man behind her considering her; a second man sits on the bench, one leg securing the end of the rope, pointing at her and holding her chin; a third man in front of the bench, with an apron and his hat in his hand, gestures towards her while a fourth man in hat and neckerchief lays his hand on the third man's shoulder; text below explains that the second man is trying to sell the woman, whom he describes as "Beef to the Heels", with invisible horns that will make themselves felt, along with ten pounds worth of bad halfpence, for half a guinea; the third man says that he will take up the offer, although he has had two wives that he would have sold for half the sum. 25 July 1797 Hand-coloured etching

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