Danger.Ah Betsey if you did but think, / How near you are to Dangers brink; / You'd surely then leave off your play, / And strait from Billy far away 166
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Staining lower left; crease top left.
A young man ('Billy') attempts to thread a needle held by a young woman ('Betsey'), with the title and text below highlighting the action as a metaphor for Billy's intentions, and advising Betsey to evade them. Part of the genre of mezzotint drolls in which familiar activities such as sewing and eating were explicit metaphors for sex.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; state ii/ii
[Ref: 36210] £280.00