View of the Sabine Farm at Chiswick.
Pub March 10 1830 by T. McLean 26 Haymarket London.
Etching. Plate 361 x 254mm (14¼ x 10").
Satire on natural Historian Joseph Sabine's (1770-1837) expenditure as honorary secretary of the Horticultural Society. Sabine holds out his hat for alms; in his right hand is a hoe, to the head of which is tied a cabbage, and over his fashionable dress he wears a gardener's (tattered) green apron. From his coat-tail pocket projects a paper: 'Prosperous Debt £19.000 All my doing'. Behind is a garden wall with two gates and a gatehouse; above it are trees and a placard: 'Horticultural Garden'. Sabine served as Honorary Secretary of the Horticultural Society 1810-1830, incurring debts of more than £18,000. In 1830 a committee of inquiry was appointed and Sabine subsequently resigned. The society's garden was based in Chiswick.
BM Satires: 16417; for Sabine see also ref. 30761 and 30762
[Ref: 30760] £80.00