A mansion house treat, or, Smoking attitudes! / I Cks.

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Isaac Cruikshank
1756?-1811?
[London] : Pub Nov 18 1800 by S W Fores N 50 Picca.dilly, [1800
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.471
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[London] : Pub Nov 18. 1800 by S W Fores N 50 Piccadilly, [1800
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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Library's copy inscribed "147" in ink at upper right.

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Print shows the Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Staines, seated at right, looking towards his four guests and smoking an enormous pipe with a looped stem, the bowl inscribed 'A Present from Egypt'. Pitt sits haughtily in the center, saying: "I'll smoke the Cits again with another Loan very soon. - Very fine Virginia my Lord!" On the right sits Lady Hamilton with Lord Nelson, who watches her intently. She says: "Pho the old mans pipe is allways out, but yours burns with full vigour". He answers "yes yes . . . [&c]" A thin elderly man between Pitt and Staines (Sir William Hamilton) lights his (short) pipe from a guttering candle held by a rough-looking sailor who is also smoking and has a quid in his bulging cheek; the latter says: "Why Sr Dilbery, your pipe is too short, 'tis quite worn out, it wants a new tip". The Mayor says: "Yes Sir Dilbery these fighting Tars make a cursed deal more smoke than we do." The other answers: "Aye my Lord but then they have a cursed deal more fire too - twig the Admiral." Spittoons are at the feet of the smokers, whose words issue from their mouths in clouds of smoke. In the left corner by the host are a dog on its hind-legs smoking a pipe and tins inscribed 'Orno Hardham Tobbaco.'

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