Farmer Blunts apology : to the Chief Magistrate of the village on an enquiry into his conduct respecting taking a country wench, under his protection.

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Thomas Rowlandson
1756-1827
Farmer Blunts apology : to the Chief Magistrate of the village on an enquiry into his conduct respecting taking a country wench, under his protection.
[London] : Pubd March 3d 1809 by Thos Tegg No 111 Cheapside, [1809]
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.732
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[London] : Pubd. March 3d. 1809 by Thos. Tegg No. 111 Cheapside, [1809]
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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Library's copy inscribed in pencil at foot of sheet: Woodward & Rowlandson.
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Satire inspired by the Clarke scandal, involving the sale and dispensation of military favors and preferments by the Duke of York at the behest of his Mistress, Mrs. Clarke.
Executed by Rowlandson after Woodward. Cf. Grego.
Etching at head of etched text in the form of letter from Farmer Blunt asserting his innocence, beginning: Please Your Honor, I have been most confoundedly puzzled about what you would say to I respecting the little Fox-pan. I had with the girl at the sign of the Shovel ...

Summary: 

Print shows the rustic figure of Farmer Blunt standing before a seated justice; he is saying: I say Master Justice--I be got into a rumish kind of Scrape through this wench of mine. The justice, a portly man with spectacles, replies: Why yes I think you are--you see what it is to go after the Naughty Women--however better men than you have been guilty of the same.

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