The April Fool consigned to Infamy and Ridicule

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The April Fool consigned to Infamy and Ridicule
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Charles Williams

The April Fool consigned to Infamy and Ridicule

London, S W Fores April 1st. 1801

Etching

Original hand colouring

285 x 385 mm

Particularly bright, fresh colour

£160

A man stands between two women, an arm round each. He wears a high fool’s cap outlined with bells, furred robe over Turkish trousers, and a large scimitar. Two pairs of horns grow from his forehead, and he has the whiskers of a man of fashion. The women, who hold him by the shoulders are Ridicule, young and buxom who laughs and points , and Infamy,  melancholy and ragged, her dress covered by patches which, with her belt etc. are inscribed : Murde, Deceit, Treason, Adultery, Blasphemy, Seduction, Lying, Sedition. A young woman stands on the right pointing to the group , and addressing the viewer : I have made him a fixed figure for the hand of Scorn to point her slow unmoveing finger at.  Behind is a corner of a building showing the base of a pillared portico.

Perhaps Lord Abercorn, who was nicknamed Bluebeard.

BM 9776