A farmer's philosophy in death

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George Moutard Woodward after Bunbury

A farmer's philosophy in death

London, T Tegg circa 1809

Etching

Original hand colouring

245 x 345 mm

£180

The farmer, looking up, with folded hands, sits full face in an upright arm-chair. He wears a dressing-gown and night-cap, and appears fairly robust. The lawyer stands at his right hand, eagerly bending forward to write 'The last Will and Testament of, . .'; behind him (left) is the elder son, a gaping shock-headed youth in a smock. Behind the right arm of the chair is the doctor, sucking his cane disconsolately. On his left hand are the parson, with a grog-blossom nose, holding an open book, the weeping wife, plainly dressed in cap and apron, with a little girl holding a handkerchief to her face, and a smaller boy, yelling. The farmer says: "I bequeath my House and Lands to my eldest Son Dick—the rest of my property to my Wife and younger Children—I leave Six and eightpence to the Lawyer—all his gallipots and phials to the Doctor and half a years tithes to the Parson—Therefore March off Doctor!—write Lawyer!—pray parson cry Wife! and bellow Children! —for it is all over with me B M 11472