The misfortune

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William Davison
The misfortune
Alnwick : Printed and published by W Davison, [between 1812 and 1817]
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
Alnwick : Printed and published by W. Davison, [between 1812 and 1817]
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Date suggested by Isaac and by BM record for another popular print by Davison.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark at head of image.


Print shows a country woman in an apron and cloak, laughing as she watches the havoc caused by a sow and her piglets who run in all directions on the road. A horse rears in panic and topples a couple and their buggy. Another man on horseback is pitched forward, his hat and wig flung from his head, as his horse noses the piglet caught between his front legs. In the distance beyond a stone wall on the left is the town dominated by four steeples, on the right trees. While the woman is looking away, two small boys steal from the contents of her wheelbarrow.

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