Schoolboys.Master Henry Gawler. Master J.n Gawler.
Pub.d 5th Aug.t 1778 by H. Humphrey. No. 18 New Bond Street.
Mezzotint printed in brown with large margins. Platemark: 380 x 280mm (15 x 11"). Slight crease left corner.
A half-length double portrait of John and Henry Gawler as boys in a landscape surrounding. Henry is at the left, with his arm around, and looking at John, who is looking to the front, patting a dog below. Henry Gawler (1766–1852) was an English barrister and one of seven people who wrote the Royal Commission into the 'Operation of the Poor Laws' 1832, a report which recommended changes to the Poor Law system in England and Wales. John Bellenden Ker (1764 -1842), originally John Gawler edited 'Edward's Botanical Register' from 1815 to 1824 and was famous as a wit and botanist as well as being the author of 'Archaeology of Popular Phrases and Nursery Rhymes', 1837.
CS: 67; Hamilton: P.30; O'D: 122; Frankau: 151 III of IV.
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