Sweet William & Grizzell_or_Newington Nunnery in an Uproar!!!
Hand-coloured etching with small margins. Plate 247 x 348mm (9¾ x 13¾").
Scene in a Friends' Meeting House showing Quaker philanthopist and scientist William Allen holding the hands of his third wife Grizell Birkbeck. Allen is surrounded by big coloured jars as displayed in chemists' shops, and by books: Lectures on Drugs; Lecture on Chymistry; and papers : Trip to St Petersburg (he twice visited the city); Lectures; Experiments on the Philosophers Stone. 'Newington Nunnery' is the Quaker boarding school for girls in Stoke Newington where Allen gave lectures. On the left a woman faints in a chair, attended by two who try to revive her with a tubular bottle of 'William's dops' [sic] and water sprinkled from a bowl. Another young woman has fallen to her hands and knees on a book inscribed Piety Promoted. In the centre is a huge book inscribed with 20 lines of verse. Through the window behind Allen is seen the roof of a house in Paradise Row on which two cats are caterwauling (Allen moved to Paradise Row soon after his marriage). A copy of BM Satires 15447 reversed. The position of the pictures on the wall is not reversed, one, as in BM Satires 15447, is Emancipation a farce; the other is reversed and altered: the nude traditional figures of Adam and Eve are Allen and Mrs. Birkbeck, the former naked but wearing a broad-brimmed hat, the other wearing a Quaker bonnet and a short petticoat.
BM Satires: 15447A.
[Ref: 30620] £220.00