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An English Sloop engaging a Dutch Man of War

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  • Title (object)

    • An English Sloop engaging a Dutch Man of War
  • Description

    A Dutchman (left), smoking a short pipe, hands in his pockets, is being chucked under the chin by a gaily dressed courtesan (right), her left hand on her hip. He wears the round hat and baggy breeches of the Dutchman in caricature. Both stand full-face, each looks towards the other.
    The background is formed by the lower part of houses in Covent Garden showing the arcade of the Piazza, a sedan chair (right) stands under an arch. Immediately behind the two figures are vegetables and baskets. 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 351 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered bl. 455
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Reproduced, C. N. Robinson, 'The British Tar in Fact and Fiction', 1909, p. 166.

    (Supplementary information)
    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 91.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5952 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.67)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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