C1818

A Nice Lady or an Incomparable!

A rare Irish issued satirical cartoon by the Dublin publisher J. Le Petit based on George Cruikshank (1792-1878) original design published 20th October 1818, cartoon but reversed. The same caricature was also published by the Dublin publisher, William McCleary with … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Nice Lady or an Incomparable!

Date:

C1818

Condition:

Narrow left margin, otherwise in good condition. Laid on early c.19th blue backing paper. With original unfaded hand colouring.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

220mm 
x 304mm

Paper Size: 

250mm 
x 385mm

Platemark Size: 

240mm 
x 351mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Nice Lady or an Incomparable! - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

A rare Irish issued satirical cartoon by the Dublin publisher J. Le Petit based on George Cruikshank (1792-1878) original design published 20th October 1818, cartoon but reversed. The same caricature was also published by the Dublin publisher, William McCleary with his 32 Nassau Street address which he operated from 1808 to 1820.

A bedizened hag walks with an insinuating leer, with the stoop fashionable in 1816, and with splayed-out feet. Features and dress are inscribed with the names of food in which fish predominate: her skirt is covered with a Fishing Net, which forms a transparent hem; her high bonnet is a Scallop shell; her mouth Tulips; her teeth Pearl Oyster, or Sweet Meat; her hand, in which she affectedly holds an eyeglass: Fish hooks or Crabs Claws. There are many other disparaging inscriptions. Behind is a notice-board among trees: Beware of Men Traps. BM

Companion print to:  A Nice Gentleman- An Exquisite Dandy – Prodigious!!

References:
Bills, M. The Art of Satire. London 2006:.
McPhee, C. Infinite Jest : Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. New York 2011:.
Robinson, R. Caricature and the Regency Crisis: An Irish Perspective.:.


John Le Petit (1798 - 1820)

Joseph Le Petit (fl. 1798-1820) Le Petit was a Dublin publisher of caricatures, of whom there is little biographical information of, other than where he operated from and that he had a business association with another Dublin publisher J. Sidebotham. Both their names and the of 20 Capel Street address appears on a number of prints published between 1815 and 1820. Trading Addresses: (1798-1799)   22 Suffolk Street, Middlesex Hospital, London (1800-1820?) 20 Capel Street, Dublin (1821?- ?)       17 Lower Sackville Street, Dublin

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