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Carington Bowles after John Collet
London, Carington Bowles c. 1780
Fine strong impression. A fat, sweating cit (who pulls off his hat and wig to wipe his bald head), accompanied by his skinny, shrewish, fashionably dressed wife, walks past a young ladies seminary and a signpost to White Conduit House. A small page carrying a lapdog and a shawl struggles along behind the couple, and a small girl tries to sell them fresh peas. In the background the young ladies lean from the upper window of their school, in order to gaze through a telescope at a group of young, naked boys swimming in the river.  Evidently a scene at Sadler’s Wells.