A Sketch of Gee's Farm, the Seat of Blinking Bill_
Pub June 9 1830 by T Mc Lean 26 Haymarket.
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 374 x 260mm (14¾ x 10¼"). Cut to platemark left, with large margins elsewhere.
Satire on the elopement of Lord William Pitt Lennox's wife Mary Anne Paton with opera singer Joseph Wood. Lennox ('Blinking Billy') stands holding an empty bird-cage, lamenting 'my singing Bird escaped [Paton was also a singer], no doubt she has flown to the Wood'. The marriage was dissolved in the Scottish courts in 1831, and Paton married Wood that same year.
BM Satires: 16420.
[Ref: 30557] £180.00