The witty wine merchant

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Isaac Cruikshank
The witty wine merchant
London : Pub June 11, 1792 by S W Fores No 3 Picca.dilly, [1792]
Peel 1806
London : Pub June 11, 1792 by S W Fores No 3 Piccadilly, [1792]
Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.

Explanatory inscription in pencil in the margin at the bottom of the sheet: Mr. Caleb Whiteford / The author of the original cross readings under the signature / of Papirius Cursor. - This caricature at a distance / gives a tolerable idea of the air, manner, & usual costume / of the original.


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This state of the print lacks the etched caption title "Caleb Curious" in the upper margin directly above the image.


Print shows a thin man standing in profile to the left, in the corner of a picture-gallery, inspecting through a glass a picture of a nude and buxom nymph or Venus. He holds a long cane and a 'Catalogue of Paintings'. He has a long pigtail queue and wears a cocked hat. Three other pictures are visible, all of nude women in the manner (burlesqued) of 'high art'. Cf. George.

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