A Sailor at a Quakers Funeral.
[London: T. Tegg, c.1810.]
Hand coloured etching, sheet 220 x 320mm. 8¾ x 12½". Trimmed into plate, to image on three sides.
Social satire: a Quaker stands by an open grave in a large walled graveyard, with clasped hands, eyes sanctimoniously turned up. A grave-digger leans on his spade watching him with puzzled distaste. The Quaker: "Verily the spirit at length beginneth to move me - Alas! there is no happiness on this side of the grave." A disgruntled sailor who stands opposite him asks: "Why then you Lubber, dont you come on this side?" A second Quaker stands behind the first, hands clasped, looking down. On the extreme left a woman in a Quaker's bonnet weeps, puting her handkerchief to her eyes. Behind the sailor and on the extreme right is another mourner, also puzzled and unsympathetic. A skull lies beside the open grave, grinning up at the Quaker. After George Moutard Woodward (c.1760 - 1809), etched by caricaturist Isaac Cruikshank (1764 - 1811), father of Isaac Robert and George.
BM Satires: 10902. Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18477] £130.00