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Doctor Spindle & Miss Maria Mince-Meat.
Doctor Spindle & Miss Maria Mince-Meat. Worn out with folly and disease, / The doctor thinks his purse can please, / But chaste Maria, with disdain, / Laughs at his hopes, and fancied pain, / And says, a warming-pan, instead, / Would better suit his feeble bed
[after George, 1st Marquess Townshend.]
[...]1777 by J. Walker No.13 Parliament Street.
Etching with hand colour. Sheet 340 x 230mm (13½ x 9"). Framed. Trimmed within plate, small nick in left edge. Unexamined out of frame.
According to ''The Reminiscences of Henry Angelo'' (1830), this anonymous caricature is by George Townshend and ''was intended, it is said, as a satirical corrective to a certain well-known decrepit Irish physician, whose amours rendered him fairly obnoxious to ridicule''. Field Marshal George Townshend (1724-1807), 1st Marquess Townshend, fought at Dettingen, Culloden and Lauffeld, and received Quebec City's surrender in 1759 after the death of Wolfe. However he was a keen amateur caricaturist, which got him in to trouble on more than one occasion: he offended the Duke of Cumberland during the Jacobite campaign, resulting in Townshend missing out on promotions for many years; and his contempt for Wolfe evident in another caricature led to censure for ridiculing the dead hero. However the BM biography ends: 'Established caricature as an important element in British political satire'.
Not in BM.
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