The Cock of the Walk, Distributing His Favours.
Published May 31,1786 by SW Fores at the Caracature Warehouse N° 3 Piccadilly. NB Gentlemens Designs Executed without any Expence.
Hand coloured etching on watermarked paper. Sheet size: 300 x 400mm (11¾ x 15¾"). Small tear in lower and upper edge of sheet in centre. Light vertical crease to centre of sheet.
A spurred game-cock without tail-feathers, representing the Prince of Wales, stands in the foreground on a flat tasselled cushion. In his beak is a bunch of three tail-feathers. He looks towards a wheelbarrow drawn by Louis Weltje (1745 - 1810), a cook for the Prince of Wales, in which are bunches of three feathers similar to that in his beak. These are being arranged by George Hanger, who leans over the barrow, holding a bunch inscribed 'Lad[y] M-----ne' [Melbourne]. The background is formed by shops in Piccadilly, not drawn with topographical precision. In the centre is the shop of 'Fores Purveyer of Caracatures to the Public No 3 Piccadilly'. On one side of Fores is a poulterer's shop inscribed 'Partrige Purveyer of Geese to His Highness &c', and on the other is 'Bullock Purveyer of Meat to His Highness &c. &c'. Geese hang in one open shop-front, and joints of meat in the other. Over each shop door is a crown with the Prince of Wales's feathers.
[Ref: 35785] £750.00