The monster cutting a lady ; Copper bottoms to prevent being cut

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Isaac Cruikshank
The monster cutting a lady ; Copper bottoms to prevent being cut
Peel 1674
Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.

Attribution to Cruikshank from George.
Title from item.
Two images with separate captions on one plate.
Publisher's announcement following imprint: Where may be seen the compleatest [sic] collection of caracatures [sic] in the kingdom. Admit. 1 s.
Library's copy trimmed within plate mark.


Print includes a design in two compartments: in the first, at left, a well-dressed man, in profile to the right, grasps a woman's right arm, while he cuts her dress in several places, the slits being stained with blood. She holds a large muff. Behind is a street door (in Pall Mall) inscribed 'Angersteein'; on the side of the house and in the extreme upper left corner of the design is a bill: 'Monster A Reward \ 100 ...' Beneath the title is etched: 'This likeness of him was Drawn by a Lady who he had wounded and Approved by two others'; the second image at right shows the interior of a brazier's shop. A lady stands before the kneeling brazier who is hammering together the back seam of a short copper petticoat. The woman wears a hat and a chemise and holds an oval mirror which reflects her uncovered breasts; she looks over her right shoulder. On the wall is a placard: 'Ladies Bottoms Covered on the most Reasonable Terms also Kept in repair by the Year by Anti: Monster'. Behind the brazier (left) is the shop-window in which are displayed (above) three bell-shaped copper petticoats inscribed respectively: 'for young Ladies of 15', 'Ladies of 30', and 'Very fat Ladies'. Cf. George.

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