The Return from Scotland, or Three Weeks after Marriage.
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Repaired damage to margins.
A young couple sit awkwardly, the wife faced away from her husband, demonstrating that the honeymoon period has definitely ended. The tightening of marriage regulations in England in the 18th century prevented couples under the age of 21 from marrying without their parents consent. This gave rise to the phenomenon of young couples marrying over the border in Scotland, which inspired many satirical prints depicting both the joys and perils of impulsive decisions.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; BM Satires 4625
[Ref: 36224] £220.00