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A Pair of Spectacles Easily Seen Through

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1830 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (printmaker)
    Thomas McLean (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, hand-coloured

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1233:28-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 138, box S

Physical description

Portraits of two politicians in profile seen through a large pair of oval framed spectacles. To the left is Sir Francis Burdett holding two papers entitled 'Corn Bill' and Catholic Bill'. To the right John Hobhouse holds a piece of paper on which are the words 'Carte blanche.'

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1830 (published)

Artist/maker

Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (printmaker)
Thomas McLean (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, hand-coloured

Marks and inscriptions

No 3 Election Squibs and Crackers for 1830 - Dedicated to the Independent ELECTORS of WESTMINSTER
Printed above the image

There was a Man did Nothing
Lower left

W Heath
Signed lower left

Shall we listen to the Rabble out of doors vide the C[?]a/ Catholic Affair
Upper left

Here is a list of what I have done
Upper right

And there was another did Less; - old song
Lower right

Pub by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket. Election Caricatures executed fror gentlement in three Hours.

CORN / BILL
On paper in Burdett's hand

CATHOLIC BILL
On paper in Burdett's hand

A PAIR OF SPECTACLES EASILY SEEN THROUGH
Lower centre

Dimensions

Height: 30.4 cm, Width: 43.7 cm, Height: 25.5 cm platemark, Width: 35.9 cm platemark

Descriptive line

William Heath. Hand-coloured etching. A Pair of Spectacles Easily Seen Through, 1830.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

George, M. Dorothy. 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper; Colour

Techniques

Etching; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Election; Papers; Spectacles

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons; Politics; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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