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A Game at Pope Joan

  • Object:

    Satirical lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    18 March 1828 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Davies, G. (lithographer)
    Didsbury, J. (printers and publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-coloured lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A. St. J. Gray

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case ES, shelf 102

Physical description

Dogs playing Pope Joan while smoking pipes and seated in various chairs around a table with a lamp. To the left, a cat tries to steal one of the 'fish' counters from the card box.

Place of Origin

London (published)


18 March 1828 (published)


Davies, G. (lithographer)
Didsbury, J. (printers and publishers)

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured lithograph


Height: 9 in, Width: 14.5 in

Descriptive line

G. Davies after LWB. 'A Game at Pope Joan'. Anthromorphic satirical print of dogs playing cards. Printed and published by J. Didsbury, London, 1828

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1936, London: Board of Education, 1937.


Lithographic ink; Watercolour


Hand-colouring; Lithography


Caricatures & Cartoons; Satire; Animals and Wildlife; Games; Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Furniture; Lighting


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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