The Covt: Garden morning frolick / Invented & Engrav'd by L.P. Boitard.

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Louis-Philippe Boitard
active 1733-1770
The Covt: Garden morning frolick / Invented & Engrav'd by L.P. Boitard.
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image: 209 x 312 mm; platemark: 240 x 328 mm; sheet: 246 x 334 mm
Peel 2622
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Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.
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"Price One Shilling."
"The drunken trio has been identified as "Captain" Marcellus Laroon III (the artist), his friend Captain Montague and Bet Careless, the well-known courtesan; the link-boy is recognizable as 'Little Cazey.'"--Curator's comments, British Museum online catalog.

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Satire on London life; early morning in the Piazza, Covent Garden, with night-time revellers, a man wielding a large artichoke and another sprawled on top of a sedan chair in which sleeps a woman whose breasts fall out of her bodice; they are led by a bare-foot link boy and a crowd of market people look on; in the background, St. Paul's church. Cf. British Museum online catalog.

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