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A Cure for a A Smoky Chimney!!

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  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
    Tegg, Thomas, born 1776 - died 1845 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

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  • Gallery location:

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

Two figure, a man and a woman, confront each other within a bourgeois-looking domestic interior. The woman, who is the householder, is dressed in a large cap, spectacles and a gown which would have been out of fashion by the date of the print's publication, suggesting that she is a middle-class and middle-aged matron. She berates the man, dressed in a respectable suit, as an 'Irish impostor' for taking a fee of two guineas to clear out the smoking chimney. The chimney itself is visibly still smoking, billowing smoke out from the fireplace into the room.

Physical description

Within a bourgeois domestic interior, a woman dressed in old-fashioned garments confronts a man; the substance of the speech bubbles above their heads indicates that she is berating him for having failed to unblock her chimney. The chimney itself is billowing smoke into the room from the fireplace on the far left.

Place of Origin





Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
Tegg, Thomas, born 1776 - died 1845 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etching


Height: 22.8 cm, Width: 32.8 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, 'A Cure for a A Smoky Chimney!!' after George Moutard Woodward, London 1808






Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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