A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony.A Monkey, a Magpie, and Wife; Is the true Emblem of Strife.
London, Printed for Bowles & Carver, Maps & Printsellers, No.69 in St. Paul's Church yard.
Etching. Plate size: 250 x 350mm, 9¾ x 13¾". Repaired tear to bottom right corner.
One of several versions of an image produced at the beginning of the gin scare. 'The motif of a drunken woman riding on her husband's shoulders- literally weighing him down- derives from a print by Daniel van den Bremden after Adrien van de Venne [...] while elements of the background are taken directly from Hogarth's 'Gin Lane'. The essentially light-hearted flavour of the image is underlined by the fact that it was believed to have been used, under the title 'The Load of Mischief' as the sign for a public house in Oxford Street, London' (O'Connell).
see O'Connell, 'The Popular Print in England' p.115
[Ref: 28135] £240.00