Levi at the Gate of BacchusWhilst Bacchus within keeps the juice of the Vine,/ The son of old Levi stands forth as a Sign;/ And a sign of good cheer too, you'll pardon the pun,/ If we judge by this Levi's of Bacchus's Tun.
Etching, 205 x 135mm. 8 x 5¼". Two holes to wide, large margins, uncut, otherwise a very fine impression. A short clipping of printed text explaining the image is pasted to the front of the print.
Caricature portrait of Levi Whitehead, head waiter of the Bacchus (Backhouse Wines) Inn, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, by traveller and amateur etcher Frederick Atkinson, a silk-mercer and draper in York. A stout, elderly man, with a stern expression, Whitehead stands in profile on the door-step of the inn which is indicated by a sign on a wrought-iron bracket above his head. The sign bears the image of a horse and is lettered 'Backh[ouse] Wines'. He wears his own short and scanty hair, a striped waistcoat, and long coat; his hand in his breeches pocket. On the extreme right is an arc of the wheel of a departing carriage. The subject is identified by a letter of thanks from Whitehead himself to the artist, preserved in the BM.
BM Satires 8875.
[Ref: 21311] £220.00