A pair of broad bottoms [graphic].
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- A pair of broad bottoms [graphic].
- Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker
- Published / Created
- [November 1810?]
- Publication Place
- Walker Cornhill?
An African woman known as 'Sartje' or the Hottentot Venus stands, left, in profile, a smoking pipe in her mouth and tall staff in her right hand. She has an enormous posterior and stands nude except for a pair of garters around her calves, a thin girdle round her waist, a beaded headdress and beaded necklace. Grenville stands behind her but looks back over his shoulder at her. Dressed in formal court dress, he too is depicted with an enormous posterior. Grenville says: Well I never expected Broad Bottoms from Africa! but one should never dispair! Mind Sherry dont let your Fireey nose touch the Venus for if theres any conbustibls about her we shall be blown up!!" In his pocket is a paper inscribed Chaselor [sic]. Between them, half-kneeling, Sheridan measures her bottom using a compass and answers: I shall be carefull your Lordship! but such a spanker it beats your Lordship's hollow."
Title from item/
Artist and imprint information based on a close copy with same title and same dialogue with misspellings. Cf. British Museum catalogue, no. 11578.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Watermark: J Whatman Turkey Mill.
Collector's stamp on verso: half-length raised figure of fox with initials MW below.
- 1 print : sheet 35 x 25 cm
- Lewis Walpole Library
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Caricature and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1810
Etchings England London 1810
Watermarks (Paper) J Whatman
- etching ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Great Britain. Court of Chancery
- Subject (Topic)
Officials and employees
Khoikhoi (African people)
Baartman, Sarah > Caricatures and cartoons
Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Great Britain. Court of Chancery > Officials and employees
Khoikhoi (African people) > Caricature and cartoons
Africans > England
England > 1810
England > London > 1810
Wilson, Minto > Stamp
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