C1818

A Cure for a Smoky Chimney

Irish issued caricature by William McCleary based on Thomas Tegg’s English version (see V & A Museum number:  1232:22-1882). Two figure, a man and a woman, confront each other within a bourgeois-looking domestic interior. The woman, who is the householder, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Cure for a Smoky Chimney

Date:

C1818

Condition:

In good condition. Laid on blue backing paper.

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

340mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Cure for a Smoky Chimney - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

Irish issued caricature by William McCleary based on Thomas Tegg’s English version (see V & A Museum number:  1232:22-1882).

Two figure, a man and a woman, confront each other within a
bourgeois-looking domestic interior. The woman, who is the householder,
is dressed in a large cap, spectacles and a gown which would have been
out of fashion by the date of the print’s publication, suggesting that
she is a middle-class and middle-aged matron. She berates the man,
dressed in a respectable suit, as an ‘Irish impostor’ for taking a fee
of two guineas to clear out the smoking chimney. The chimney itself is
visibly still smoking, billowing smoke out from the fireplace into the
room.

“When Patricks chimney one day chanc’d to smoke thought he there’s something doth the funnel choak, Here Dennis, Sarah! quick Up the house top in a trice, D’ye hear and try if you can make the passage clear by throwing down a Brick. 

The mean time in a sort of fret of fume he hastily pac’d up and down the room And oft would (little dreaming of a blow) His noddle up the Chimney pop and baul to Dennis at the top Will ye throw down a Brick or no?

And then again he’d walk at length with ire Impatient he rean headlong to the fire Dennis I say you thief. Odd rot it, why don’t ye throw a brick bat down? Dennis I say! – OChrist my crown! Anah! by Jasus but I’ve got it!!”

William McCleary (1799 - 1820)

McCleary was one of the major Irish publishers of mainly pirated copies of London satirical prints. He began trading from premises located at 31 Lower Ormond Quay in 1791 and by 1798 his business had become sufficiently successful to allow him to move to a larger shop located on Nassau Street. McCleary’s decision in copying the caricatures of his rival and fellow Dubliner J. Sidebotham and undercutting the prices of the pirated versions of Sidebotham's caricatures. resulted into a long lasting feud between the two publishers. His trading addresses: 31 & later 18 Lower Ormond Quay (1791-1798) 21 Nassau Street, Dublin (1799, 1820) 32 Nassau Street, Dublin (1808) 39 Nassau Street, Dublin (1820)

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