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My Poll & my partner Joe.

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  • Title (object)

    • My Poll & my partner Joe.
  • Description

    A sailor (right) and a fat, ugly, disreputable woman (left) dance with tipsy joviality. They face each other, each holding the other's left hand. He holds up a small covered jug (holding the publican's dram). Her feet appear through tattered shoes and stockings; one eye is closed. He wears a round hat, pigtail, short jacket, petticoat, and long striped stockings. 18 April 1796
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 323 millimetres
    • Width: 254 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and production details: 'Js Gy delt', 'T. Adams [Gillray] Sc:' and 'Pubd April 18th 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)
    An illustration to Dibdin's popular song, called 'The Waterman': the hero was taken by a press-gang and returned to find his wife Poll in Joe's arms. 'Professional Life of Mr. Dibdin', ii. 240, 250-2. A (sentimental) mezzotint of the subject published by Sayer, 6 Dec. 1790, is in the Print Room.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 210. Wright and Evans, No. 420. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8907 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


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

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

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