Pinchee, or the Bauble Macaroni.
Etching, 170 x 125mm. 6¾ x 5".
Christopher Pinchbeck the younger (1709/10 - 1783), clockmaker and inventor, son of the clockmaker of the same name, holding in his right hand a conical vessel. This must be one of his inventions, perhaps his celebrated candlesnuffers. He is described in his patents as ‘toyman and mechanician’. As an anti-Wilkite he was mocked in 'The London Evening Post' in November 1772, which forecast the possible election as President of the Royal Society of ‘no less a person than the noted Pinchbeck, buckle and knickknack maker to the King’. Trades interest. From 'Caricatures, Macaronies & Characters, published by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V5' upper left and '24' upper right.
BM Satires: 5055.
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