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Life in London; or, The Sprees of Tom and Jerry; attempted in cuts and verse

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  • Title (object)

    • Life in London; or, The Sprees of Tom and Jerry; attempted in cuts and verse
  • Description

    Broadside with twelve cuts, copied from plates to No. 14320, &c. I-V and VIII-XII are arranged as borders, each with an eight-line descriptive verse. In the centre are two principal designs, VI and VII, divided by printed songs. I, a copy of No. 14321. II, a copy of No. 14334. Ill, a copy of No. 14344. IV, a copy of No. 14329. V, a copy of No. 14336. VI, a copy of No. 14351. VII, a copy of No. 14332. VIII, a copy of No. 14326. IX, a copy of No. 14338. X, a copy of No. 14324. XI, a copy of No. 14353. XII, a copy of No. 14355. The ten small designs are reversed and simplified. VI, 'Beggars Opera— Tom, Jerry, & Logick, among the Cadgers in the Holy Land', not reversed, is simplified and made less squalid; the fight is eliminated. VII, Night Scene—'Tom & Jerry Upsetting the Charlies' is a spirited copy, scarcely simplified (cf. No. 14633). Egan calls the sheet 'another wicked piracy', ‘Finish to the Adventures. . .’, 1829, p. 9. 23 March 1822
    Woodcut and letterpress


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  • Date

    • 1822
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 491 millimetres
    • Width: 385 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, verses and production details: "London: Printed & sold by Jas. Catnach, 2, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials. Of whom may be had the Queen's life, in cuts and verse. / Third edition. Price twopence. / Quod Jas. C--n--h, March 23, 1822."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)

    Copies of the small cuts, Hindley, Life and Times of James Catnach, 1878, pp. 125 ff.

    British Library Pressmark 1875.d.7/11 is the 5th edition; Pressmarks 1875.d.8/97, 98, are 35th and 21st editions.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14494 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-June, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 June-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England

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    Prints & Drawings

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Broadsheet with twelve woodcuts after George Cruikshank of London sprees.  23/3/1822

Broadsheet with twelve woodcuts after George Cruikshank of London sprees. 23/3/1822

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