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Top left, gamebirds watching in safety while hunters and poachers shoot each other; top right, a graveyard for colonial institutions in Africa; bottom left, spoonbills (birds) made of teapots and spoons; bottom centre, two men talking about a hen and some ducklings; bottom right, a weather vane in the form of a man holding a gun. Etching by G. Cruikshank, 1831.

  • Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878
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Feb.y 1831
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578913i
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view Top left, gamebirds watching in safety while hunters and poachers shoot each other; top right, a graveyard for colonial institutions in Africa; bottom left, spoonbills (birds) made of teapots and spoons; bottom centre, two men talking about a hen and some ducklings; bottom right, a weather vane in the form of a man holding a gun. Etching by G. Cruikshank, 1831.

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Credit: Top left, gamebirds watching in safety while hunters and poachers shoot each other; top right, a graveyard for colonial institutions in Africa; bottom left, spoonbills (birds) made of teapots and spoons; bottom centre, two men talking about a hen and some ducklings; bottom right, a weather vane in the form of a man holding a gun. Etching by G. Cruikshank, 1831. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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"Preservation": a note by Cruikshank on the corresponding drawing (British Museum) says "... Preserve!!! NB not intended as a joke 'Pheasants—Peasants'", i.e. the composition is not a joke about confusing peasants with pheasants

"An African settlement": epitaphs on the tombstones say "The hospital", "Orphan asylum", "Rectory", "The castle", "National school", "The barracks"

"Botheration": the British Museum catalogue (loc. cit.) identifies the man on the left as an Irishman and the man on the left as an Englishman

Publication/Creation

[London] : Geo. Cruikshank, Feb.y 1831.

Physical description

1 print (album page 16) : etching ; image 20 x 28 cm

Lettering

Preservation ; An African settlement ; Spoon-bill ; Botheration ; A vane man. Designed etched & published by George Cruikshank Feb.y 1831

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. xi, London 1954, no. 16855

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 578913i

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