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The Irish Footman

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    25/03/15

  • Artist/Maker:

    Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
    Ackermann, Rudolph, born 1764 - died 1834 (publisher)
    Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1232:61-1882

  • Gallery location:

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

Seated in a chair and showing signs of gout (a disease associated with excessive consumption of rich food and wine), a wealthy man shouts at his Irish servant, who has dragged a large sundial in from the garden. The master has ordered the servant to set his watch by checking it against the sundial. The servant, not understanding how the sundial works, has brought both it and the watch inside for the master to do it himself.

There was a significant population of Irish people in 18th and 19th century London, many of whom worked in domestic service. They were often the target of satires, which stereotyped them as lacking intelligence and being unable to comprehend English accents.

Physical description

A wealthy man, seated and bearing the signs of gout, shouts at his servant who has dragged a stone sundial into the room with a fob watch hanging from it.

Place of Origin

London

Date

25/03/15

Artist/maker

Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
Ackermann, Rudolph, born 1764 - died 1834 (publisher)
Thomas Rowlandson, born 1756 - died 1827 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etching

Dimensions

Height: 25.8 cm, Width: 36 cm

Object history note

Object originally bound in a guard-book containing one hundred and fifteen caricatures by T. Rowlandson, W. Heath, J. Gillray, R. Dighton, G. Cruikshank and others

Descriptive line

Satirical print, 'The Irish Footman' after George Moutard Woodward, London, 1808.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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