Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where political and other caricatures are daily Publishing. [n.d., c.1828.]
Fine hand coloured etching, with Collector's mark top right, 260 x 375mm. 10¼ x 14¾".
Two street cleaners discuss the performance of a new recruit, throwing in a humorous side-swipe at the politicians at Westminster (the towers of Westminster Abbey visible in background). By William Heath (1794/5 - 1840), ex-Captain of Dragoons, illustrator of colour-plate books, and prolific caricaturist. From 1827-9 he used the pseudonym Paul Pry (from the name of a character in a comedy of 1825 by John Poole, that became a tag used for any very inquisitive person) with the emblem of a small man holding a walking stick in a lower corner of his plates. This figure was soon copied by other caricaturists (eg Sharpshooter), and so from 1828 Heath began to sign his plates with his full name. He published regularly with Thomas McLean.
BM Satires: undescribed.
[Ref: 18047] £280.00