The Grub Street Macaroni. 8.
Etching with very large margins. Part 18th century watermark. Platemark: 150 x 105mm (6 x 4¼"). Pin hole in printed area.
A full length hackwriter or comercial writer, in profile to left, with an ill-fitting wig and old-fashioned coat, purchased second-hand from 'T Twigg of Monmouth Street' whose label is still attached to a button. He carries a volume with a dedication to 'My Lord S-[?Sandwich]' .In 1728, Alexander Pope wrote 'The Dunciad', which was a satire of 'the Grub-street Race' of commercial writers who worked in Grub Street, a London district that was home to a bohemian counterculture of impoverished writers and poets. Plate 8 from the publication, 'Caricatures, Macaronies & Characters by sundry ladies gentlemen artists &c (Vol.2)'. Published by caricaturist, printseller and ornamental engraver Matthew Darly (1720 - 1781).
BM Satires ref: 4693.
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