...'and would'st thou turn the vile Reproach on me?'

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...'and would'st thou turn the vile Reproach on me?'
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James Gillray
---‘ and would’st thou turn the vile Reproach on me ?’
London,  H. Humphrey Feb. 2nd. 1807
Etching
Original hand colouring
250 x 350 mm
Trimmed within platemark, neat repair to top right border, not affecting image.
£580
A grotesquely hideous man, lean and elderly, sits in an armchair addressing a comely young woman who stands demurely , her pose accentuating her pregnancy. Behind them is an empty fireplace; on the chimney-piece is a Venus pudica flanked by cupids, one with a bow and arrow, the other with a torch. On the wall are two pictures; a cock and hen facing each other like fighting-cocks, and  a horse in the last stage of decrepitude, assailed by carrion birds.
BM 10802