The rival cooks

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William Humphrey
[London] : Pubd Novr 17 17[80?] by W Humphrey N° 227 Strand, [1780?]
Peel 2327
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[London] : Pubd. Novr 17 17[80?] by W Humphrey N° 227 Strand, [1780?].
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Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.
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Title from item.
Not in George.
Library's copy closely trimmed with some loss to imprint, rendering the date of publication only partially legible.

Summary: 

Print shows two women cooks seated in chairs side by side; the cook at left, a haggard French woman, holds a shallow skillet in one hand over which she dangles a frog; the cook on the right, a portly English woman, holds a large spitted rack of beef. Verses accompany the figures below the image; the lines at left reading: Ven de Epicures of dair niceties boast / Dey always prefer our French soops to your roast; and the lines at right reading: You lie then you Wh--e, English cook, she cries, / Roast Beef, & Plumb-Pudding for us, & Mince Pies.

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