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The Taylor turn'd Jockey, or goose upon goose

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1861,0518.935

  • Title (object)

    • The Taylor turn'd Jockey, or goose upon goose
  • Description

    A tailor, in profile to the right, rides a goose, his legs thrust forward on each side of the bird's neck. He wears a small lace-trimmed hat perched on a high toupet-wig. In place of a bag, a cabbage is tied to his queue, emblem of the pieces of cloth called 'cabbage' which tailors were supposed to appropriate, cf. BMSat 5399. He holds a yard-stick for a whip, on the end of which is a gherkin-like cucumber. A pair of shears protrudes from his coat-pocket. He wears spatterdashes and sharp spurs resembling those worn by game-cocks. In the upper right corner of the plate is etched, "A Poor Taylor riding against time for a bushell of cucumbers N B A Dung!" c.1780
    Etching with stipple

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1775-1785
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 171 millimetres
    • Width: 124 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and text within image.
        Lettered: "W.H.B. [Bunbury] invt"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    In a perennial dispute between London master-tailors and their journeymen, those who belonged to clubs (embryo trade unions) and resisted the masters were called Flints, the others were stigmatized as Dungs. See F. W. Galton, 'The Tailoring Trade'. In the summer there was much seasonal unemployment among tailors and there was a London saying, "Tailors two a penny, cucumbers twice as many".

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  • Bibliography

    • Laurie & Whittle Quarto Drolls 1795 52 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 5805 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Post-binder)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1861

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1861,0518.935

A tailor, in profile to the right, rides a goose, his legs thrust forward on each side of the bird's neck. He wears a small lace-trimmed hat perched on a high toupet-wig. In place of a bag, a cabbage is tied to his queue, emblem of the pieces of cloth called 'cabbage' which tailors were supposed to appropriate, cf. BMSat 5399. He holds a yard-stick for a whip, on the end of which is a gherkin-like cucumber. A pair of shears protrudes from his coat-pocket. He wears spatterdashes and sharp spurs resembling those worn by game-cocks. In the upper right corner of the plate is etched, "A Poor Taylor riding against time for a bushell of cucumbers N B A Dung!" c.1780  Etching with stipple

A tailor, in profile to the right, rides a goose, his legs thrust forward on each side of the bird's neck. He wears a small lace-trimmed hat perched on a high toupet-wig. In place of a bag, a cabbage is tied to his queue, emblem of the pieces of cloth called 'cabbage' which tailors were supposed to appropriate, cf. BMSat 5399. He holds a yard-stick for a whip, on the end of which is a gherkin-like cucumber. A pair of shears protrudes from his coat-pocket. He wears spatterdashes and sharp spurs resembling those worn by game-cocks. In the upper right corner of the plate is etched, "A Poor Taylor riding against time for a bushell of cucumbers N B A Dung!" c.1780 Etching with stipple

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