A Visit to the Boarding School. The Governess Introducing little Miss to Papa and Mamma.
[Published 20th June 1797, by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.]
Engraving, rare. Sheet 190 x 250mm (7½ x 9¾"). Trimmed within plate, losing publication line, title scuffed.
A satire on the education of women. The nouveau-riche Mr and Mrs Parmesan visit their ill-favoured daughter at boarding school: when the attractive teacher suggests that the girl recreate the picture of 'Charlotte at the Tomb of Werther' in needlework, Mr Parmesan replies that he has no objection to her 'Working Charlotte at the Tub of Water'. Not only has the boarding school made strangers of parents and child, but also not succeeded in the parents' goal of making the girl marriageable, teaching her upper-class accompishments rather than practical housewifery.
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