Exhibition extraordinary in the horticultural room.
Hand coloured etching. Sheet size: 255 x 345mm (10 x 13½"). Trimmed to image.
An exhibition in the 'Great Room' of the Horticultural Society, containing portraits of officials and caricatures of spectators. The exhibits embody political figures and other allusions. The three officials command the room from seats at a raised table, each with a sloping desk. The chairman, John Elliot (1764-1829), hammer in hand, sits between the Secretary and Assistant Secretary. His desk is inscribed 'A most respectable Cauliflower always in order—'. On his right is Joseph Sabine (1770-1837), and to his left, John Turner, Assistant Secretary, wearing spectacles. The exhibits are on an oblong counter against and below that of the officials, and also on a slightly lower annexe to it, having a curved front which corresponds to the horse-shoe benches facing it. The exhibits on the projecting table are of naturalistic fruit, with one exception, a basket inscribed 'Keen's Seedling A Hot Bed Plant' contains a plump manikin (Kean), naked except for buskins and a head-dress like a strawberry, with a spray of leaves attached to it. The spectators are in the foreground, some standing over the exhibits, others on or beside the green-covered benches. Each has a punning caption in the lower margin. On the pilastered wall are three pictures and a portrait bust, including "Hortos Siccus The Flower of the Flock" Sir Joseph Banks.
BM Satires ref: 15155.
[Ref: 34164] £380.00