A Mistake at Newmarket, or Sport and Piety

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A Mistake at Newmarket, or Sport and Piety
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Thomas Rowlandson after George Moutard Woodward
A Mistake at Newmarket, or Sport and Piety.
London, T. Tegg c. 1807
Etching
Very fresh original hand-colouring
245x350mm
£280
An elderly countrywoman, dressed in a plain blue dress, red cloak and enormous black bonnet, stands holding a book of Wesley’s Hymns, and addressing a smart young jockey. She asks him if there are any (Methodist) meetings in the town and he cheekily replies Yes Ma’am two a year. Spring and October. Behind the young man, in the doorway of The Ram Inn, stands a fat, grinning John Bull, a laughing young buck and a pretty young woman. In the background is a horse race on Newmarket Heath and a signpost labelled Devil’s Ditch. BM 10920.