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A Prince of the Old School.

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  • Title (object)

    • A Prince of the Old School.
  • Description

    An elderly man walks stiffly in profile to the right on a flagged pavement. Under his left arm he carries horizontally a large umbrella. In his (gloved) right hand is a glove. He wears a round hat, his straight coat is not of modern cut; his straight legs are engulfed in wide boots of Hessian pattern but not of fashionable shape. He wears whiskers with a small and neat side-curl and queue. Beneath the design: '"There is an Easiness of Deportment, and an Elegance of indescribable Debonair, about the Beans of \ "the Old School, which would be ridiculous for the Puppies of the day to think of imitating" - Lord Chesterfield, Letters.' 11 March 1800
    Hand-coloured etching.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 252 millimetres
    • Width: 196 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered title, artist's name and publication line 'Js Gillray ad viv : fect/Pubd March 11th 1800. by H. Humphrey. 27. St James's Street.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Boothby Clopton, known at White's and Boodle's as Prince Boothby, was an eccentric old beau who shot himself after having wasted a large fortune.
    Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 270-1. Wright and Evans, No. 469. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9558 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 11 March 1800  Hand-coloured etching.

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 11 March 1800 Hand-coloured etching.

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