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Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

ENSIGN ROSEBUD reposing himself after the FATIGUES of the PARADE

479
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse No. 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London. Publish'd as the Act directs (erased)

A young army officer leans back on a sofa, his arm supported by a small round table, and gazes at a young woman in a pleated and ribboned hat who leans over the sofa arm to fan him. His cocked hat rests on the table by his elbow. The carpet and wallpaper is elaborately patterned. The fireplace to the left behind the gentlewoman contains a large vase with flowers. Above them hangs a painting of a small boat under sail past a riverfront church. Through the window to the right, an even row of trees along a fenceline suggests a formal garden.

Dated by Dorothy George to 1782.

32.7 x 25 cm.
Lewis Walpole Library(colour, 781.6.0.3)
14 x 11 cm.
New York Public Library (MEZYRK)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

THE LOVER'S DISGUISE

467
Printed for and Sold by Carington Bowles at No. 69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs 2 Jany 1782

A handsome young beau in profile clasps the hand of his beloved, who sits center also in profile. He has been able to gain access to her by disguising himself as a gentlewoman. He wears a cloak, gown, and apron. He has removed a large pleated hat to reveal his wig and set the hat on the small round table behind her. Beside the hat lies an open book, inscribed "The Beau Stratagem." Though in a house dress and cap, she appears a gentlewoman. A sketch or embroidery of a vase and flowers on an easel behind her suggest the scene may be a private sitting room in which she is able close herself off from her family to pursue her accomplishments. The small decorated case or trunk on the carpet in front of the table may be part of his disguise or foretell an elopement. The couplet below elaborates on the scene:

Time, ways, and means of meeting were deny'd
But all these wants ingenious Love supply'd.

32.5 x 25.5 cm.
Yale Center for British Art (B1970.3.765), Metropolitan Museum (date erased)
13.8 x 11.2 cm.
Lewis Walpole Library (776.0.5)


© The Metropolitan Musuem of Art

The CAMP Laundry

London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street, Published as the Act directs 14 Febr 1782

In a scene on a riverbank, a soldier stands by with arms crossed watching two women; one washes bed linen in the river, the other hangs wash on a clothesline.

32.9 x 25.2 cm.
Metropolitan Museum (colour, 1971.600.20)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

CONJUGAL PEACE

London. Printed for R.Sayer and J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the Act directs 24 Feb 1782

The conjugal peace in this instance is between two doves, one of which a gentlewoman holds in her lap while its mate, perched on a screen painted with a vase and flowers, looks on. The woman is elegantly dressed with pleated petticoat and a heavily curled hairdressing. The room too is richly appointed. Both the carpet and wallpaper has floral designs, the settee a thin vertical stripe. The bookcase behind her is filled with leather volumes.

32.9 x 25.2 cm.
Lewis Walpole Library (782.2.14.1)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University

A SCENE in KENSINGTON GARDENS

London. Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers, No. 53, Fleet Street, as the Act directs 21 March 1782

A young gentlewoman in an elaborately frilled and pleated dress and hat listens intently as a gentleman embraces her and whispers in her ear. Her gown makes her look large, possibly pregnant. His hat and walking stick on the parkbench behind them suggest this meeting, perhaps clandestine, is pre-arranged and he has been awaiting her. She is attended by a smaller woman, more plainly dressed as if for riding, with a crop under her arm. A small dog also looks on.

32 x 25 cm.
Yale Center for British Art (B1970.3.797)


Courtesy of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library

The Beautiful Fruit Gatherer

London. Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett Map & Printsellers, No. 53, Fleet Street, as the Act directs 29 March 1782

An elegantly dressed young woman pulls a cluster of grapes by its stem as she prepares to harvast it with the small pruning knife she holds in her other hand. As she does so she looks down at a bastket of fruit-- grapes, peaches, and apples--on the ground beside her. Behind her is a garden with reflecting pond.

32.5 x 25 cm.
Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library (colour, HEW 13.8.3)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, New York Public Library

PALEMON and LAVINIA

London. Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett Map & Printsellers, No. 53, Fleet Street, as the Act directs 9 May 1782

In a rural setting, a gentleman holds the hand of country girl and declares his love for her. She holds a bundle of wheat in her left hand and looks down demurely. He looks to the heavens and raises his right hand as if taking an oath. Fields and hedgerows retreat to the horizon with a simple farmhouse in the distance behind the gentleman. To the right of the girl in the distance, two farmers work in a field of grain. The accompanying text attributes the gentleman's declaration to Thomson's The Seasons.

And are thou then Acastos' dear remains?
She whom my restless Gratitude has sought//
So long in vain, O Heav'ns! the very frame
The soften'd Image of my Noble Friend.

32.5 x 24 cm.
New York Public Library (colour, Satyr p.18)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Library of Congress

OLD WHEAT SHEAF in the Trap of VENUS AND BACCHUS

London. Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett, Chart and Printsellers, No. 53, Fleet Street, as the Act directs, 9 Aug. 1782.

An inebriated country gentlemen sleeps in a chair beside a table with punchbowl and wineglass. His wig is awry, slipping forward over his eyes to reveal the bald back of his head. A pretty young woman in profile, well-trimmed with lace shawl and ribboned hat, holds his coin purse in her left hand while she reaches across with her right to lift his watch and gold chain. The room has elaborately patterned walls and carpet, and a curtained, four poster bed and behind the woman, a fireplace with vases or urns on the mantle.

32.6 x 25 cm.
Huntington Library (colour, BMX 1782 Pr.Box 211.3/11)), Lewis Walpole Library (786.5.9.3), Library of Congress (date erased, PC2+n.d.)


Courtesy of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library

The PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE or BETTY in the SECRET

London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street, published as the Act directs 5 Sepr 1782

An elegant young woman with an elaborate wig and feathers sits in her parlor and reads, intent on the letter she holds. Her servant reads over her shoulder. Betty is dressed to go out and most likely has just returned with the letter or is about to carry a reply. Along the wall of the parlor is a fireplace with mantle decorated with flowers in vases. A bird cage with a canary is suspended from the ceiling.

32 x 25 cm.
Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library (colour, HEW 13.8.3)


© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

STARTING OF GAME

London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street, published as the Act directs 21 Sepr 1782

A hunter (l.), with musket, and his dog have come across the game, two young gentlewomen in the woods. One (r.) seated puts one hand to her face and holds a fan in the other. Her companion (c.) is standing and dressed more for riding. She gestures with one hand at the dog, frozen on point, responding perhaps to the command suggested by the hunter's raised hand.

32.8 x 25 cm.
Metropolitan Museum (colour, 1971.600.22)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University

THE FAIR TUTORESS

Publish'd Ocr 1st 1782 by J. Burchell No. 73 Strand

In a fenced garden by a manor a young gentlewoman stands before a spaniel which is sitting up on its haunches.

32.1 x 24.6 cm.
Yale Center for British Art (B1970.3.764)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The Widow Costard's Cow & Goods distrained for Taxes, are relieved by the Generosity of Johnny Pearmain

London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Chart & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs 19 Oct 1782

The Widow Costard sits at a table in the yard in front of her house. The table contains two candlesticks and a spoon. Other kitchen and farm implements are strewn around the yard at her feet. These goods have been dragged out to meet the demands of the taxman who even now stands back of the table with his writ under his arm sizing up the ornamented head of an implement. The widow's pretty daughter stands behind her on the farmhouse step wiping a tear from her eye with her apron. Before the widow, a handsome young squire , dressed for riding, offers her a purse of coin to relieve her distress. A cow looks on from the left. Behind the taxman and around the corner of the farmhouse from the maiden, a country fellow with a pained expression is seen in profile. This could be taken as a selfless act of generosity on Johnny Permain's part, yet his eyes are fixed on the daughter who returns his glance with a modest smile.

32.8 x 25.1 cm.
Lewis Walpole Library (colour, 782.10.19.1), New York Public Library (untitled and uninscribed, MEZYRK)


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

JOCKEY AND JENNY

485
Printed for and Sold by Carington Bowles at No. 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London. Publish'd as the Act directs (erased)

A young gentleman dressed for riding presses his suit with a pretty maid who sits at her spinning wheel in front of a farm cottage. As she draws wool from a spindle with her right hand she raises her left to repel him. Directly behind him a hen with four chicks and a duckling drinks from shallow pan. In the background is a country church among groves of trees. The verse, inscribed "From the favourite Scotch Air in the Overture to Thomas and Sally," reads:

Till bolder grown so close he press'd,
His wanton thoughts I quickly guess'd,//
Then push'd him from my Rock and Reel,
And angry turnd my Spinning Wheel.

Though the date is erased here, surviving impressions include the inscription "9 Novr.1782."

32.7 x 25 cm.
Yale Center for British Art (B1970.3.776), Lewis Walpole Library (colour, 783.11.9.2))


Courtesy of the Print Collection, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

BEAUTY in SEARCH of KNOWLEDGE

London, Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map, Chart & Printsellers, No. 53 Fleet Street 30th Decr 1782

A well dressed young woman carrying an umbrella under her arm, and small volume in her left hand, either exits or is about to enter a shop identified by the sign over the door as a "Circulating Library." Books rest on the three levels of shop shelf, most closed but a few open in display. The library also exhibits several prints--three landscapes above the middle shelf and a row of a dozen caricatures or figures above the lower shelf.

Reproduced: Barker-Benfield, p. 166; D'Oench (1999), p. 57

32.9 x 25 cm.
Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Harvard College Library(colour, HEW 13.8.3); Lewis Walpole Library (782.12.30.1)


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