Matrimonial-harmonics [graphic] / Js. Gillray des. & fect.
- Matrimonial-harmonics [graphic] / Js. Gillray des. & fect.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- 1805 October 25
- Copyright Date
- [25 October 1805]
- Publication Place
- H. Humprey, No. 27 St. James's Street
- "The couple torment each other in the breakfast-room. A round table is drawn close to a blazing fire. The lady has left her seat to thump on the piano (l.), singing loudly, with her back to her husband, but turning her eyes towards him. He sits in the corner of a sofa, crouching away from her, his hand over his ear, food stuffed into his mouth, reading the 'Sporting Calendar'. The pages of her open music-book are headed 'Forte'. Her song is: 'Torture Fiery Rage \ Despair I cannot can not bear'. On the piano lies music: 'Separation a Finale for Two Voices with Accompaniment'; on the floor is 'The Wedding Ring - a Dirge'. She wears a becoming morning gown with cap, but has lost the slim grace of BMSat 10472, and her soft features have coarsened. Behind the piano a boisterous coarse-featured nurse hastens into the room holding a squalling infant, and flourishing a (watchman's) rattle. On the lady's chair is an open book, 'The Art of Tormenting', illustrated by a cat playing with a mouse. Her sunshade hangs from the back of the chair. On the breakfast-table are a large hissing urn, a tea-pot, a coffee-pot, &c., a bottle of 'Hollands' (beside the woman's place), and a (full) dish of muffins. The man's coffee-cup is full and steaming. He wears a dressing-gown with ungartered stockings and slippers. An air of dejection and ill-nature replaces his former good-humoured sprightliness. Under his feet lies a dog, 'Benedick', barking fiercely at an angry cat, poised on the back of the sofa. A square birdcage high on the wall is supported by branching antlers. In it two cockatoos screech angrily at each other, neglecting a nest of three young ones. Beside it (l.) is a bust of 'Hymen' with a broken nose, and (r.) a thermometer which has sunk almost to 'Freezing'. On the chimney-piece is a carved ornament: Cupid asleep under a weeping willow, his torch reversed, the arrows falling from his quiver. This is flanked by vases whose handles are twisted snakes which spit at each other."--British Museum online catalogue.
Companion print to: "Harmony before matrimony."
Temporary local subject terms: Firepalce -- Musical Instruments: piano -- Furniture: sofa -- Female Costume: Morning gown -- Children's Nurse -- Toys: rattle -- Parasols: sunshade -- Male Costume: Dressing-gown -- Thermometers -- Cupid -- Bell-Pulls.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25.5 x 36 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Gillray v. 11
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10473, Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 539, and Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 325
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