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Symptoms of the Shop

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    14 May 1801 (first published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sansom, Franciscus (etcher)
    Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
    Fores, Samuel William (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Gabrielle Enthoven.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 75, box B

Physical description

Two men converse. Satire on an ennobled former shopkeeper, from a series of satirical prints on professions/occupations.

Place of Origin

London (published)


14 May 1801 (first published)


Sansom, Franciscus (etcher)
Woodward, George Moutard (artist)
Fores, Samuel William (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured etching

Marks and inscriptions

Top right-hand corner, 'Plate 3'

Figure on the left, in court dress: "I beg Sir - you will not touch upon curiosities, - you must know Sir - before they made a Knight of me, I kept a shop full of curiosities - oh it would have done your heart good to have seen me behind my counter, shewing my pickled Crocodiles! - but now, I look with my sword sticking out behind exactly like a blue bottle fly, with a pin stuck in my tail !!"

Figure on the right: "You are the very thing Sir for a court dress - you are absolutely a curiosity"

Lettered along the bottom: 'Pub. May 14th 1801, by S.W. Fores, No 50 Piccadilly/ Prints and Drawings lent on the plan of a Library/ Folio's of Caracutures [sic] lent out for the Evening'

Title lettered: 'Symptoms of the Shop'/ Drawn by G. Woodward Etch'd by F. Sansom'


Height: 10 in, Width: 8 in

Descriptive line

Franciscus Sansom, after George Woodward. 'Symptoms of the Shop.' Two men converse. Satire on a shopkeeper turned courtier. May 14, 1801. Published London, by Fores

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.


Printing ink; Watercolour


Etching; Hand-colouring


Caricatures & Cartoons; Satire; Prints; Fashion; Women's clothes; Uniform


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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