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Two-penny whist.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.6496

  • 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

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  • 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

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.6496

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

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

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