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The enraged son of Mars and timid tonsor

The enraged son of Mars and timid tonsor

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Title:
The enraged son of Mars and timid tonsor
Description:
The picture represents the interior of a barber's shop, a favourite subject with the caricaturists. A stout customer is expressing slaughterous intentions; a choleric old boy, probably an officer of the Militia, with the shaving-cloth round his short neck, is vowing vengeance on the head of the frightened barber, who has been so maladroit as to carve a tolerable gash in the veteran's round cheek. The tensor's wife, who is also engaged in the business, is, while holding the soap-bowl and lather, thrown into consternation at the uproar raised by the damaged client. An assistant, who is employed in cutting the hair of another customer, is equally distracted, and, in his trepidation, is threatening the ears of his unconscious subject. The barber's monkey for barbers have in all time enjoyed the credit of being fanciers of live stock is lathering his head at a toilette-table, in imitation of the actions of a venerable personage who has just had his head shaved.
Artist:
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827
Name on Item:
Rowlandson Del.
Date:
April 20, 1811
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Etchings
Caricatures
Location:
Boston Public Library
Arts Department
Collection (local):
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). Prints and Drawings
Series:
The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror Vol. 5
Subjects:
Barbers
Barbershops
Shaving
Monkeys
Extent:
1 print : hand-colored etching ; sheet 26 x 39 cm
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Publisher:
No. 111 Cheapside : Tho's Tegg
Notes (acquisition):
The Albert H. Wiggin Collection, 1941
Notes (date):
Date from catalogue raisonné.
Notes (citation):
Grego, Joseph. "Rowlandson the caricaturist; a selection from his works with anecdotal descriptions of his famous caricatures, in two volumes." London: Chatto and Windus, 1880
Notes:
Title from item.
Grego, II, p. 115, 205
On item: 67
Notes (object):
Bound in "The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror Vol. 5," the fifth volume in a set of five published under this title by Thomas Tegg. The five volumes contained 251 prints in all.
Language:
English
Identifier:
18_03_000535
Barcode:
36666003263072