The Choice of a Wife.
Pubd. by Pyall & Hunt, 18, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. [n.d., c.1825.]
Very fine hand coloured etching with aquatint, 14 engraved verses in two columns below illustration. 340 x 255mm, 13½ x 10". A fine impression, with margins, uncut.
Social satire: two rakish bachelors, 'Charles' and 'Tom', sit together discussing their ideal wife over a punch-bowl in 'the Hummums' hotel'. In a mirror to right are reflected a yawning waiter, a hanging candelabra, and a wall-clock pointing to 12.15. After M Egerton (1821 - 1827; fl.), humorous designer and social satirist; apparently an amateur since he often signs as 'Esq'. Issued as a pair with 'The Choice of a Husband', featuring two young women in conversation.
BM Satires 15007.
[Ref: 19576] £230.00