Tom & Jerry larking at a Masquerade Supper, at the Opera House.
Pub.d by Sherwood, Neely & Jones, October 1 1821.
Coloured aquatint. 140 x 230mm (5½ x 9"). Stitch holes within plate.
A continuation of the 'Grand Carnival', at the English Opera House (the Lyceum Theatre): the costumed revellers are seated for a feast, with an orchestra to the right. Tom, as a Spanish don, sits at the head of the table between a queen and Titania; Jerry, as a huntsman, leans across the table halloing and flourishing a whip; elsewhere are an harlequin, a nun, dustman, fireman, devil, a Jew talking to a pig-faced lady, a Chinese, a sailor and a Don Quixote, prone on the floor and very ill. From Pierce Egan's ' Life in London, or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees through the Metropolis', originally issued as a monthly journal at a shilling a time, illustrated by George Cruikshank (1792–1878).
Abbey: Life 281; BM Satires 14328.
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