['Monkey Valentine'][...] Your dress, your air, your very shape / Seems all design'd to mock the Ape / To laugh at you I do Incline / So farewell, Monkey Valentine.
Etching with hand-colouring, very scarce; sheet 200 x 140mm (7¾ x 5½"). Trimmed inside platemark; small tear lower right.
Satire on a modern man of fashion. The print may relate to a print published in 1810 of a monkey with the verses 'From Pidcock's sure, you did escape / you so resemble his large Ape. / To laugh at you I do Incline / Adieu, my Monkey Valentine' (Gilbert Pidcock ran a London menagerie in the early 19th century). Equally, in 1840 a book of verse included a poem 'To an affected Gentleman', changing 'Pidcock's' to 'Polito's' (Stephen Polito was another menagerie owner). See 33689 for another image in series.
[Ref: 33690] £220.00