A Party of Pleasure - dedicated to the Funny Club

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A Party of Pleasure - dedicated to the Funny Club
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George Cruikshank

A Party of Pleasure - dedicated to the Funny Club

London, G. Humphrey June 25th. 1822

Etching

Original hand colouring

260 x 380 mm

£180

A boat overladen by a cockney picnic party upsets in the Thames. The frail open boat has a mast in the bows with two sails; the catastrophe seems to have begun by the catching of the rope attached to a sail round the spur of a dandy, who has tripped and fallen into the water, dragging the boat sideways. His leg and hands emerge. All scream, and wild confusion and terror aggravate the disaster. A woman grasps the legs of a dandy who staggers back, dropping a flute. A woman falling backwards into the water clutches an elderly man round the neck and the leg of a little girl, who is vertically submerged, while she kicks another man in the mouth. A black foot-boy falls forward on to her. A third dandy leans against the mast in abject terror. The contents of a picnic hamper fall overboard and a lap-dog begs. In the middle distance an obese man reading a paper overweights a skiff rowed by an exhausted boatman. On the bank are (left) a small villa and (right) a country house BM 14447