Fashionable Frailty.Or John preferd to his Master, a Specimen of the Vitiated taste in High Life.
Hand coloured etching, image 220 x 330mm. 8¾ x 13". Lower left corner re-attached.
A young man in shirt and night-cap gets out of a bed in which is a pretty young woman, and is thrashed by three men-servants who are directed by their master. She says: "Pray have mercy on my poor John, my poor dear bed Fellow—" Her husband says: "You Filthy Hussey your sex protects you from the same punishment, but if your sence of shame for the sake of your numerous family does not sufficiently affect you, I hope the Public excreation [sic] will follow you for Ever." One of the servants is black. Another servant says: "after Sweet meat comes Sour Sauce" A footman's cocked hat and livery coat are by the bed, which has a tent-like canopy. At the head of the bed is a small clock, and above it the (black) impress of a hand. By William Heath (1794/5 - 1840). On laid paper watermarked 1803.
BM Satires: 11948.
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