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A tailor riding on the back of a goose; representing an exploited worker. Etching after W.H.Bunbury.

Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811.
Date
[1780?]
Reference
29999i
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"Dung: Tailor's slang. A term of obloquy, applied to journeymen who submit to the masters' terms, working by the piece instead of by the day, or working while others are on strike", as opposed to a Flint, who was a member of a "club" or trade union (Oxford English dictionary). The tailor is described as a goose in the sense "A foolish person, a simpleton" (Oxford English dictionary)

Publication/Creation

[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1780?]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 17.5 x 12 cm

Lettering

The taylor turn'd jockey, or goose upon goose. A poor taylor riding against time for a bushell of cucumbers. N.B. a dung! W.H.B. invt.

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. V, London 1935, no. 5805

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 29999i

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