Business and Pleasure

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Business and Pleasure
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Thomas Rowlandson after George Moutard Woodward
Business and Pleasure.
London, T. Tegg c. 1815
Etching
Original hand-colouring
250x350mm
£220
An ugly, bespectacled, old cobbler sits outside his shop, mending a pile of boots and shoes, and talking to his neighbour. He remarks wistfully …. Five Men to be hung this morning !! Well I should like to go to be sure – but I must stick to Business,  his friend replies sympathetically that he never takes time off for pleasure.  A satire on the macabre popularity of attending hangings. Not in BM Cat.