The Comforts of a Modern Gala"Where now the Routs full myriad clos the staircase and the Door / And where thick files of Belles and Beaux perspire through every Pore"
by T. Tegg No 111 Cheapside [c.1809]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark 245 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾"). Later impression with large margins on paper watermarked Whatman 1821.
Georgian social satire on the inconveniences attendant upon social gatherings: in a crowded entrance hall a wig is lost, a man trips between a woman's legs, a carriage blocks the entrance, and an over-heated man calls to 'open the ventilators'. To cap it all, an steward on the right informs the crowd that 'the rooms are full above stairs [...] you may possibly find standing room in the Breakfast Parlour and that is all'. After George Murgatroyd Woodward (1760?-1809), caricaturist and author. A prolific artist who designed 525 prints between 1790 and his death in 1809, Woodward's designs were etched by Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank amongst others. Of orthodox pro-government and anti-French political outlook, Woodward's forte was social satire such as this print- in this field his reputation between 1807 and 1809 exceeded that even of Rowlandson. While his reputation has since been eclipsed, Henry Angelo, whose 'Reminisces' are the main source of biographical information on Woodward, claimed that if Woodward had learned to draw (he was self-taught) and had been more temperate in his habits (it is reported that he kept low company and drank immoderately), he might have rivalled Hogarth. He died in the Brown Bear tavern, according with Angelo with a glass of brandy in his hand, and was buried at the expense of his landlord.
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