[Col. Topham endeavouring with his squirt to extinguish the genius of Holman] [graphic].
- [Col. Topham endeavouring with his squirt to extinguish the genius of Holman] [graphic].
- Alternative Title
- Colonel Topham endeavouring with his squirt to extinguish the genius of Holman and To what, oh Muse! can I compare ...
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- [1784 December 10]
- Copyright Date
- [between 1785 and 1793?]
- Publication Place
- W. G., no. 227 Strand
- "Topham, in full regimentals, standing in profile to the left, directs a large syringe at a sun (left) rising above a hill, inscribed 'Genius of Holman'. Behind him, holding leading-strings attached to his epaulettes, are Mrs. Wells and John Henderson. Above Topham's head flies an owl with papers in its beak inscribed 'Prologue' (twice) and 'Epilogue'. He says, looking up: 'Yes much belov'd and all excelling Pair, What Modern Beau can do, I nobly dare, Against this Youthfull Phaeton will write, Censure, defame, do every thing but fight.' Mrs. Wells says: "Well done Noble Captn down with him a forward Boy indeed, to attempt the Character of our Friend H------n here, and contrary to your Superior Opinion". Henderson, clenching his fist, says, "Presumptious Youth, what! does the Stripling dare, in the same path to Fame, with me to walk - Damnation!" A soldier with a musket standing on the extreme right says, looking towards Topham, "A Soldier, by the bloody Arm of Mars, he looks far better fitted for to tend my lady's Lap Dog - or her Fan to bear"."--British Museum online catalogue.
Attributed to Rowlandson in the British Museum catalogue.
Cf. Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 1, page 166.
Date range for publication from the British Museum online catalogue, registration no.: 1868,0808.5403.
Eighteen lines of verse in three numbered columns below image, in letterpresss printed mostly below plate mark: I. To what, oh Muse! can I compare, in heaven, water earth or air, the furious epilogue? ...
Grego suggests a reissue date of 1793 for this plate. See: Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 2, page 394.
Reissue of a print first published 5 October 1785. Imprint statement has been added and verses below image have been burnished from plate; the same verses are now printed in letterpress below image. Cf. No. 6854 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6.
Title from Grego.
- 1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 22.8 x 34.9 cm, on sheet 27 x 35.8 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Rowlandson v. 1
- Collection Title
- The political and humourous works of Thomas Rowlandson, 1774-1825
- Collection/Other Creator
- Harvey, Francis
- Collection Created
- Container / Volume Information
- Vol. 1 (Box 2 of 2) | Folder I-87a
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1785.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Henderson, John,--1747-1785--Caricatures and cartoons.
Holman, J. G.--(Joseph George),--1764-1817.
Riviere & Son Binding.
Topham, Edward,--1751-1820--Caricatures and cartoons.
Wells, Mary,--approximately 1759---Caricatures and cartoons.
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 6854A
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