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Williams, Charles, fl. 1797-1830, printmaker.
Bobbin about to the fiddle. A family rehersal of Quadrille dancing, or, Polishing for a trip to Margate
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Family rehersal of Quadrille dancing | Polishing for a trip to Margate
[London] : [Thomas Tegg], [May 1817]
1 print : etching, hand-colored, on wove paper ; sheet 25 x 36 cm.
Title from caption below image. | Imprint from George. | Sheet trimmed within plate mark. | Variant without imprint and different series no. Cf. No. 12932 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 9. | Plate numbered "194" in upper right corner.
"A dancing-master, playing his small fiddle or kit, dances, facing a stout 'cit' who dances between wife and daughter, holding their hands; another grown-up daughter dances opposite them beside the dancing-master. The 'cit's' leg is extended stiffly. The first daughter says: "Law Pa that's just as when you was drilling for the Whitechaple Volunteers-- only look how Ma and I & sister Clementina does it??--" Pa: "I say Mounseer Caper! don't I come it prime? Ecod I shall cut a Figor!!" The man answers: "Vere vell Sar, Ver Vell you vil danse a merveille vere soon!" On the left a tiny child imitates her father's step, supported by a little sister, while three rather older children dance in a ring. A plainly dressed maiden aunt sits in an armchair (right). A handsomely furnished drawing-room is suggested. The curtains are drawn, candles burn on the chimney piece. On the wall is a bust portrait of an austere-looking man."--British Museum online catalogue.
  •  Children.
  • Dancing.
  • Families.
  • Families.
  • Musicians.
  • Parlors.
  • Form / Genre:
  •  Satires (Visual works) - England - 1817.
  • Etchings - England - London - 1817.
  • Also Listed Under:
  •  Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845, publisher.
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