Collection online

Two-penny whist.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Two-penny whist.
  • Description

    A game at whist at a round card-table. 'Betty' (left) holds out, with a triumphant grin, the ace of spades with which she is about to take the seventh consecutive trick. Her mistress, Miss Humphrey, sits on her left. The two men are said to be Tholdal, a German, who turns his head in astonishment towards Betty, and Betty's partner, Mortimer, [Or, according to Wright and Evans, Mr. Jeffrey (presumably the enemy of Mrs. Fitzherbert) and Watson (presumably the print-seller), but in 'Scientific Researches' (23 May 1802) the former is identified by Wright as Tholdal, and in 'Connoisseurs . . .' (16 Nov. 1807) 'Watson' is identified by him as Mortimer.] a picture-dealer and restorer. A scene in Bond Street, shortly before the removal to St. James's Street. This print (reversed) appears in Humphrey's shop window in Gillray's 'Very Slippy-Weather', 1808. 11 January 1796
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 350 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and production details: 'Js Gy ad vivam fect / Pubd Jany 11th 1796. by H. Humphrey New Bond Street'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 16 (small copy), 209. Wright and Evans, No. 413. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Angelo, 'Reminiscences', 1904, i. 302.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8885 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1796  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1796 Hand-coloured etching

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: PPA142743

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help