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The sweet little girl that I love.

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  • Title (object)

    • The sweet little girl that I love.
  • Description

    A tall, thin, elderly military officer, ugly but elegant, stoops to embrace a fat woman, short and hideous. She wears a countrified straw bonnet, apron, and high pattens, but is very decolletee. There is a rustic background with a cottage (right). He says, the words etched across the upper part of the design:
    My Friends all declare that my time is mispent [sic]
    While in rural Contentment I rove, I ask no more Wealth than Dame Fortune has sent
    And the sweet little Girl that I love. The rose on her cheeks my delight
    She's soft as the down, the down of the dove
    No Lilly was ever so fair
    As the sweet little girl that I love!
    4 June 1808
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1808
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 333 millimetres
    • Width: 235 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name, text within image and publication line '167 / Woodward del./Rowlandson scul. / Pubd June 4 1808 by Thos Tegg N 111 Cheapside.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Grego, Rowlandson, ii. 88.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11138 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 4 June 1808.  Hand-coloured etching.


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 4 June 1808. Hand-coloured etching.

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