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A Guinea-Pig

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Guinea-Pig
  • Description

    Design in an oval. A foppish man (half length) in profile to the left, holds up and closely inspects a licence to weaf hair-powder (see BMSat 8628): 'Stamp Office Certificate, N° 1702, June 1795 - No 50 Lombard St for the year 1795 London District [signed] W. Gillman.'
    His powdered hair or wig frames his face and falls in a queue. He wears a round hat and voluminous neckcloth. Under his left arm is a cane. For the powder-tax see BMSat 8629, &c. c.1795?
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790-1799
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 150 millimetres
    • Width: 113 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver. No.69 St. Paul's Church Yard, London." Numbered bl. 387
  • Curator's comments

    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 13.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8769 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures II p.123)

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  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

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  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  c.1795?  Hand-coloured mezzotint


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1795? Hand-coloured mezzotint

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