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Skimmington-Triumph, Or the Humours of Horn Fair

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Skimmington-Triumph, Or the Humours of Horn Fair
  • Description

    Satire on marriage, illustrating a riotous scene in a country village where a shrewish wife and hen-pecked husband are mocked by their neighbours in procession. The couple ride on one horse, the man facing the tail, preceded by another man on horseback who throws grain from a pannier to the crowd. Further to the right, cuckold's horns in the form of a stag's head, a ram's head and a cow's head are held aloft, the latter attached to a woman's shift, and "rough music" is played on pots and pans. In the background, is a river and a similar procession takes place on the far bank. 1720s
    Etching and engraving


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1720 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 313 millimetres
    • Width: 460 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered aove the image with the title, twenty-four lines of verse in four columns below the image 'First pans and Kettles of all Keys ... That is both Madam and a Don', a couplet 'And at full Period the whole Rout, Set up their Threats with clam'rous Shout. / Hudibras', and "Sold by J. Nutting over against ye 3 Coffins in Little Carter-lane / Price 6 pence.'.
  • Curator's comments

    The print is clearly related to Hogarth's Hudibras and the Skimmington (Paulson 88).
    For the Skimmington, see V. Alford, "Rough music or charivari", Folklore, CXX, 1959, pp. 505-18. This particular event may refer to the annual Horn Fair at Charlton in Kent.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 1703 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Stephens series)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Hudibras
  • Acquisition date

    1837 (before)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Description to follow.  Etching and engraving


Description to follow. Etching and engraving

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