C1842

pension-hunter

An amusing etching by John Kay a Scotish caricaturist lampooning the Revd. James Lapsie. Lapsie who was known to deliver his sermons in a loud and demonstrative manner and often bring himself to tears, is depicted standing on a bible … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

pension-hunter

Date:

C1842

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Etching.

Image Size: 

100mm 
x 165mm

Paper Size: 

215mm 
x 275mm
AUTHENTICITY
pension-hunter - Antique Print from 1842

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

An amusing etching by John Kay a Scotish caricaturist lampooning the Revd. James Lapsie. Lapsie who was known to deliver his sermons in a loud and demonstrative manner and often bring himself to tears, is depicted standing on a bible which is opened at, Revelation XIII, “and the world Wondered after the beast”. He is holding an opened book titled, “Essay on the management of Bees”.

 

 

John Kay (1742 - 1826)

Kay was a Scottish caricaturist and engraver. He was born near Dalkeith, where his father was a mason. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a barber, whom he served for six years. He then went to Edinburgh, where in 1771 he obtained the freedom of the city by joining the corporation of barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature, of Laird Robertson. In 1785, induced by the favour which greeted certain attempts of his to etch in aquafortis, he took down his barber's pole and opened a small print shop in Parliament Close. There he continued to flourish, painting miniatures, and publishing at short intervals his sketches and caricatures of local celebrities and oddities, who abounded at that period in Edinburgh society. Kay's famous shop on the Royal Mile was destroyed during the Great Edinburgh Fire of November 1824.

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