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A cockney & his wife going to Wycombe

A cockney & his wife going to Wycombe

Item Information

Title:
A cockney & his wife going to Wycombe
Title (alt.) :
A cockney and his wife going to Wycombe
Description:
The pair, seated in a gig, drive (r. to left.) along a country road, preceded by a mongrel dog carrying a large bone. The man drives the miserable hack with the air of an expert, flicking a heavy lash over the animal's neck. He is smartly dressed with side-whisker, swathed neck-cloth, high collar, and top-boots. His almost spherical wife takes his arm. She holds a little closed parasol, and wears gloves above we elbow. The feather and trimmings of her hat float behind her in the wind. On the side of the gig is a pestle and mortar, showing that the man is an apothecary. The emaciated and decrepit horse has broken knees and gaping wounds under the collar and harness and one pastern is swollen. Birds fly towards it, scenting carrion. A broken milestone (r.) is inscribed 'Miles from London' (BM). / A picture of Cockney life at the beginning of the present century (Wright/Evans).
Artist:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815
Date:
June 10, 1805
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Etchings
Caricatures
Satires (Visual works)
Location:
Boston Public Library
Print Department
Collection (local):
James Gillray (1756-1815). Prints and Drawings
Subjects:
Carriages & coaches
Horses
Starvation
Birds of prey
Extent:
1 print : hand-colored etching ; plate mark 22 x 29 cm
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Publisher:
London : Published by John Miller, Bridge Street & W. Blackwood, Edinburgh
Notes (acquisition):
Gift; Louis Black; December 1953
Notes (date):
Date from Wright/Evans.
Reproduction. Date indicated is Gillray's original publication date.
Notes (citation):
Stephens, Frederic George, George, Mary Dorothy. "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum." British Museum Press, 1870, London.
Wright, Thomas, R. H. Evans. "Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures of James Gillray." Benjamin Blom, 1968, New York.
Notes:
Title from item.
Alternative title from Wright/Evans.
BM Satires 10471; Wright/Evans 534
Additional information accompanying item: From the 1824 Gillray collection of copies, etched and published by John Miller and W. Blackwood.
Language:
English
Identifier:
18_17_000043
Barcode:
36666004443160