Cockney Sportsmen Finding, Pl 1. Morning.
Pubd Decr 8th 1800 by S W Fores Piccadilly, Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening
Coloured etching with grey wash border, 253 x 355mm. Repaired tears into image, two from above and two from below.
Plate 1 of a set of four by the same artist, imitations of a set by James Gillray (see 7773), but with the addition of a third man, who wears fashionable London dress, and has a blunderbuss and a small mongrel. The fat city sportsman has a bulldog with a spiked collar. They find a hare, crouching by a tree. Lettered below image with speech of characters; fat man says 'you may as well let me try', the next man raises his blunderbuss to smite, saying, 'No No I'm sure I can knock him down with the butt end'. The third man (to right) says to the dogs: 'hey at him there.' By Charles Williams (1797 - 1830). He was a prolific etcher of satires of his own or others' designs (especially Woodward). Almost all his plates are anonymous and their identification needs much more work: many of the attributions to him by Dorothy George need to be revisited. 'S.W.F[ores]' blindstamp lower right corner of plate.
See BM Satires: 9596 - 99.
[Ref: 7772] £170.00