Farmer Giles & his Wife shewing off their daughter Betty to their Neighbours on her return from School -

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James Gillray

Farmer Giles & his Wife shewing off their daughter Betty to their Neighbours on her return from School -

London, H. Humphrey Jan. 1st 1809

Etching

Original hand-colouring

315x480mm 

£1800

A rare, large, musical caricature by Gillray. A scene in the elaborately decorated parlour of a rich, arriviste farmer. Betty, the plump bucolic daughter of the house sits at a piano on the right, earnestly playing and singing from a musical score Bluebells of Scotland Sung by Mrs Jordan. The fat, plainly dressed farmer and his wife hover proudly beside her, while a younger sister yawns behind her fan. On the left three elderly, ugly neighbours gossip around a table, while a small footboy brings in a brandy decanter and glasses on a tray. On the wall is an elaborate sampler stitched by Betty and a circular view of Chees Farm, a dejected spaniel sits in the foreground. A satire on the pretensions to gentility of the middle classes. BM 11444 From the collection of Dr. C.S. Warren, Descendant of Dr. Joseph Warren of Bunker Hill fame.