Lot 50

Caricatures.-

A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, small marginal tears, H. Humphrey, 1st February 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, slight marginal toning, Thomas Tegg, October 1st, 1811; Irish Jaunting Carr, after Hull, T Rowlandson, May 1st 1814; Rural hand coloured, occasional minor surface dirt, c.500 x 350mm (9)

*** The first satirises the fashion for lurid Gothic novels in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A woman reads aloud from Matthew Lewis’ ‘The Monk’, a scandalous horror novel published in 1796, provoking fascination and fear in her well-dressed companions. Similar examples are at the V&A [1232:87-1882]. For an overview see “Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, VII, 1801-1810, 1947”.

Estimate: £400-£600