Old Mother Scarletta the Laundress ------- Household Servants in Six Plates - by William Heath. No.5.
Hand-coloured etching. 369 x 253mm (14½ x 10"). Cut; damaged, paper chip to lower left; stain in title area.
Caricature of James Scarlett, First Baron Abinger (1769-1844). Scarlett was appointed attorney-general of the duke of Wellington's administration in June 1829, and here he refers to the Duke's libel action (in the form of the dirty linen, inscribed 'criminal information', that he is obliged to wash).
BM Satires: 15882.
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