Had I a heart for falshood fram'd / I ne'er could injure you;/ For tho' your tongue no promise claim'd, Your charms would make me true. &c &c &c.
Pub.d 10 Jany 1823 by G Humphrey 27 St James's St.t.
Coloured etching. Sheet 135 x 170nn (5¼ x 6¾"). Trimmed to printed border.
A dandified officer courts a fat, squat and ugly woman on a sofa. Two appropriate pictures are on the wall: 'Bank of England' and 'Seige of Acre'. The verse comes from Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comic opera 'The Duenna' (1777), considered one of the most successful operas ever staged in England and described by Byron as 'the best opera ever written'. George Humphrey was the nephew and successor of Hannah Humphrey, James Gillray's partner and publisher.
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