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A Trifling Mistake!!

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    1803-1809

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tegg, Thomas, born 1776 - died 1845 (Publisher)
    Woodward, George Moutard
    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured etching.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1232:13-1882

  • Gallery location:

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

A wealthy man sits, with his well-dressed daughters, around a table in a fashionable interior. He is wearing gentleman's 'undress', including an informal soft cap, and his foot is wrapped and raised to indicate that he suffers from gout, a condition associated with the consumption of rich food and wine. To their right, a liveried servant holds a tray containing fish. The speech bubbles indicate that the man has sent his servant to purchase two parasols for his daughters - the servant, misunderstanding, has brought home two pairs of soles (i.e. sole fish).

Physical description

In a fashionable interior, a middle-aged man and two fashionably-dressed young women sit at a table laden with confectionery and port wine. To their right, a liveried male servant stands, holding a tray which contains several fish.

Place of Origin

London

Date

1803-1809

Artist/maker

Tegg, Thomas, born 1776 - died 1845 (Publisher)
Woodward, George Moutard
Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured etching.

Dimensions

Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 32.5 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 Trifling Mistake!!" after George Moutard Woodward, London c.1803-09

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Categories

Satire; Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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