The Fathers darling

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The Fathers darling
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Charles Williams
The Fathers Darling
London, Thomas Tegg 9th. July 1808
Etching
Original hand colouring
340 x 240 mm
£220
Fresh bright hand colouring
A grocer's snug parlour, with Mr. Fig, an ugly 'cit', holding on his knee an ugly child who is playing havoc with the tea-things. With a mug inscribed EF the infant has smashed the tea-pot, while an overturned milk-jug makes a pool on the floor at which a cat laps. The man's back is to the fireplace (left), where a kettle is boiling over, and a red-hot poker is burning the floor. He says, with a fatuous smile: Pretty Dear Heart! what a Gulley [an unrecorded word, evidently from Gully the pugilist]. it has given the Tea Pot, she delights in a little mischief, I should not be surprised Mrs Fig if she was to make as much Noise in the World as her Namesake, and as the Poet says "like another Ellen fire another Troy.  Mrs. Fig (right), with arms angrily extended, exclaims: Troy indeed Mr Fig, I think your more likely to Fire the House, look where the red hot poker lays and see how the tea Kettle is boiling over!! On the wall is a framed print of The Worlds End, a flaming globe (the sign of more than one public house in the outskirts of London). On the mantelpiece are a large china mandarin (sign of the grocer's connexion with the tea-trade) and a medicine-bottle labelled Composing Draught for Miss Fig' In a letter-rack are letters 'o Mr Fig Grocer. Below the title:
The Parents partial fondness for a Child"
An only Child, can surley [sic] be no crime." Shirleys Parricide.
BM 11146