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A paternity suit: in a courtroom, a judge, a guilty looking woman, an enraged wife, and the supposed father. Engraving by T. Cook after W. Hogarth.

  • Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Date
Oct. 1st 1803
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39222i
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London (Paternoster Row & N. 38 Tavistock Street Covent Garden) : G. & J. Robinson & T. Cook, Oct. 1st 1803.

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 24.6 x 33 cm

Lettering

Here Justice triumphs in his elbow chair, And makes his market of the trading fair; His office shelves with parish laws are grac'd, but spelling books and guides between 'em placed Here pregnant Madam screens the real Sire and falsely swears her bastard child for hire. ...

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Lettering continues: Upon a rich old letcher who denies, The fact, and vows the naughty hussif lies; His wife enrag'd exlaims against her spouse, And swears she'll be revenged upon his brows. The jade, the justice and church ward'ns agree, And force him to provide security. W. Hogarth pinx.t. T. Cook sculp.

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Wellcome Library no. 39222i

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