A Decent Story.
Pub.d Nov.r 9th 1795, by H. Humphrey, No 37, New Bond Street.
Hand coloured etching, printed border 225 x 295mm (9 x 11½"). Laid on card; lacking margin outside the plate mark at sides.
Five people sit around a table drinking port, a raconteur holding forth. Hannah Humphrey (second right, with distinctive chin) and a parson listen with smiles, although an officer is more interested in the woman at the other end of the table. Although the British Museum describes this print as being 'From a sketch by an amateur', it is likely to be by Gillray, who lived with Hannah Humphrey for many years. This and 'Two-penny Whist' (1796) are intimate scenes of their domestic arrangements: both prints are visible in the Humprey shop window in Gillray's 'Very Slippy-Weather' (1808), alongside Gillray's more famous prints, suggesting a sentimental importance.
BM Satires 8753.
[Ref: 23165] £450.00