Looking at an Ass.
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket.
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet size: 265 x 375mm (10½ x 14¾"). Small tear in title area. Trimmed to platemark.
A crowd of people face the picture-plane, staring at something (outside the picture) with intense interest, amusement, or horror. Most of the gazers are themselves absurd, notably the dandies. There is one lady with an enormous hat extending beyond her balloon-sleeves and trimmed with bows and streamers. She takes the arm of a paunchy John Bull in top-boots who gapes and laughs. Others include a waterman (in red), a Billingsgate woman with basket of fish on her head, a butcher's boy with a bull-dog, a dustman, and a tall soldier wearing a lancer's helmet over puffed-out hair.
[Ref: 32021] £260.00