[Two satires from Charles Hunt's 'Life in Philadelphia'.]Is Miss Diana at home? / Yes Sir but she bery petickly engage in washing de Dishes / Ah! I'm sorry I cant have the honour to Pay my devours to her: Give her my Card. [&] Take away, take away dose rosy lips, / Rich, rich in balmy treasure! / Turn away, turn away dose eyse ob lub, / Less I die wid Pleasure!!! // Dat is bery fine, Mr Mortimer; you sing quite con a moor; as de Italians say!!
[London, Pub. by Harrison Isaacs, Charles St Soho Square.] [n.d., c.1830.]
Two good coloured aquatints. Each c. 200 x 160mm, 8 x 6¼", laid on album paper. Trimmed into images, 'Life in Philadelphia' title pasted under images.
A pair of prints satirising the free black population in Pennsylvania, which had banned slavery as early as 1780. Edward William Clay, inspired by Edward Cruikshank's 'Life in London' series, published his 'Life in Philadelpia' series from 1828-1830. Of the fourteen aquatints ten are satires of the black populace which did much to enforce the negative stereotypes held even in the free North. Very popular, they inspired these copies, published in London.
[Ref: 26852] £220.00