The Young Sweep in Love, or the House-Maid's Conquest.
Mezzotint with etching and hand-colouring, sheet 145 x 115mm (5¾ x 4½"). Trimmed to image, losing publication line.
A chimney-sweep reaches up to kiss a tall housemaid while another servant, hiding under the mantelshelf, watches on. Behind, fireplace with bellows hanging, pestle and mortar and candles on a shelf, and 'A New Love Song' stuck to the wall. Reduced version of an earlier print itself derived from a different print, 'The Unfortunate Discovery', after John Collet (c.1725-80), painter and prolific designer of humorous scenes for publishers to make prints of.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; see BM Satires 4589 for larger version.
[Ref: 32374] £90.00