Servants in a kitchen. A groom wearing spurred top-boots holds the cook round the waist under a bunch of mistletoe. She (smiling) nourishes a ladle and holds his pigtail queue. Two men-servants seated on a settle (left), one with a frothing tankard, watch with amusement, as does a fourth man standing on the right. Behind is a large open fire with a cauldron hanging from a chain. Cooking-utensils, a lantern, &c, are ranged on the chimney-piece.  Above the settle is a sporting picture.  Beneath the title:    'Bridget the Cook on Christmas day,  When all was Mirth & Jollity,  Was rudely kissed, by Saucy Joe;  And that beneath the Mistletoe,  But she returned it with the Ladle,  And laid about, when he was Addle,  For Maids are not to be thus taken  And all their Virgin Honor shaken.' 22 October 1794  Etching with stipple

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1866,1114.632

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Servants in a kitchen. A groom wearing spurred top-boots holds the cook round the waist under a bunch of mistletoe. She (smiling) nourishes a ladle and holds his pigtail queue. Two men-servants seated on a settle (left), one with a frothing tankard, watch with amusement, as does a fourth man standing on the right. Behind is a large open fire with a cauldron hanging from a chain. Cooking-utensils, a lantern, &c, are ranged on the chimney-piece. Above the settle is a sporting picture. Beneath the title: 'Bridget the Cook on Christmas day, When all was Mirth & Jollity, Was rudely kissed, by Saucy Joe; And that beneath the Mistletoe, But she returned it with the Ladle, And laid about, when he was Addle, For Maids are not to be thus taken And all their Virgin Honor shaken.' 22 October 1794 Etching with stipple

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