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Deceitful Kisses, or the Pretty Plunderers

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  • Title (object)

    • Deceitful Kisses, or the Pretty Plunderers
  • Description

    Interior of a bedroom. A stout man is being kissed by three pretty young women who put their arms round his neck. One takes his watch and seals from his fob; another robs him of his pocket-book, the third pulls a ring from his finger. On a table (right) is a punch-bowl and a wine-bottle. A monkey seated on the top of a cupboard holds an open book inscribed, "Who's the Dupe"; this was a farce by Mrs. Cowley, first acted at Drury Lane, 1779. 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 352 millimetres
    • Width: 252 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title followed by "From the Original Picture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles", and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]" (Collet died in 1780) Numbered bl 432.
  • Curator's comments

    See also the reduced version: 2010,7081.1719

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5946 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.228)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • 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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