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Print - As it Ought to Be- or- The Ladies Trying a Contemptible Scoundrel for a 'Breach of Promise'.
  • As it Ought to Be- or- The Ladies Trying a Contemptible Scoundrel for a 'Breach of Promise'.
    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878
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As it Ought to Be- or- The Ladies Trying a Contemptible Scoundrel for a 'Breach of Promise'.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1849 (drawn)
    1850 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
    Bogue, David, born 1807 - died 1856 (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching coloured by hand

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Elizabeth Cruikshank

  • Museum number:

    9712:2

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 92, box A

Physical description

Etching, hand-coloured by the artist. The first proof of a satirical court room scene with a large group of 'ladies trying a contemptible scoundrel'. The man looks shamefacedly at the floor as a court room comprised of female judges and court artists, alongside a female jury, try him for 'a breach of promise'. Various other male figures sit in the gallery looking on with expressions of worry and surprise. The lady presumed to have been wronged by the accused is seated close to him and is being revived by smelling salts. On the wall behind the jury is written 'Prosecutrix's Boudoir', 'Tea Room', and 'Coffee Room', whilst behind the defendant is written 'Visitors Gallery' and 'The Papas and Mamas Box'. Lettered with title and artist's name, publishing details etc.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1849 (drawn)
1850 (published)

Artist/maker

Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
Bogue, David, born 1807 - died 1856 (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Etching coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

As it Ought to Be- or- The Ladies Trying a Contemptible Scoundrel for a 'Breach of Promise'

Designed and Etched by Geoe Cruikshank, Hythe 1849/Published Jany 1st 1850 by D. Bogue, 86 Fleet Street

First proof. colored as a pattern by George Cruikshank
Signed in pencil, gone over in ink

Dimensions

Height: 17 cm, Width: 43 cm

Descriptive line

Hand-coloured etching by George Cruikshank depicting the first proof of a court room scene with a large group of caricatured 'ladies trying a contemptible scoundrel'. Great Britain, 1849.

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

Miller, Elizabeth. Hand Coloured British Prints. London: Published by Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987.

Materials

Paper; Printing inks

Techniques

Hand colouring; Etching

Subjects depicted

Juries; Wigs; Caricature; Keys; Judges; Opera glasses; Fans; Gallery; Ladies; Feminism; Court

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints; Feminism

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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