Diamond Cut Diamond.Oh Wigsby my boy, did you ever shave a Monkey. [/] No Sir, but if you'll just walk in I'll try.
London, Pub by Harrison Isaacs, Charles St. Soho. [n.d., c.1830.]
Hand coloured aquatint with etching. Sheet size: 235 x 270mm (9¼ x 10½"), watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman. 1830'. Trimmed inside plate and to image at top edge.
A scene outside 'Sharpwig, Hairdresser & Shaver', as an elaborately dressed figure inspects the shop through his monicle. The hairdresser stands in the doorway, holding shaving equipment, laughing, as does the customer inside. An advertising sign outside the shop reads, 'Theatre Royal Covent Garden [...] Barber of Seville [...] The Monkey that has seen the World'. The shop window displays various wigs and, to the left, two chimneys sweeps look on, with one saying, 'My eyes Jem theres a swell cove', the other replies, 'Ah! What a lark it would be to send him up a Gas Pipe'.
[Ref: 36664] £230.00