Item #16-4624 An Easy Reply. Specimens of Dramatic Phrensy. Pl. 6. First edition. Charles Williams, fl., printmaker, G. M. Woodward, approximately, artist, George Moutard.

An Easy Reply. Specimens of Dramatic Phrensy. Pl. 6. First edition.

London : S.W. Fores, 1804. Etching, roulette, & stipple, hand-colored ; 29 x 36.7 cm. Small tear lower right, without loss of text. Mounted to a support sheet. Publisher block with loss of small amount of bottom of letters in last line, but still legible....British Museum number 1935,0522.8.75.....

A street scene with a blank wall and pavement forming a background, with more distant houses on the r. A young man, in dishevelled and quasi-military dress, wearing a cocked hat, addresses a burly watchman with a ranting gesture. He is restrained by two companions, one of whom is tipsy. The watchman, who holds a large lantern and staff, with a rattle thrust in the belt which girds his massive coat, looks at him sourly but quizzically. Below the design:

'Hot with the Tuscan grape and high in blood
No mopeing cares, a mirthfull band withstood...
Spoutwell the head, one night when reeling home,
From where loud laughs, had shook the joyous dome,
Like Hamlet roar'd adown old Drury Lane,
"I'll call the [sic] Father! - Royal Dane"
A watchman bless'd with Impudence and ease,
Cried " You may be d------d Sir' - call me what you please' 1 January 1804. Item #16-4624

Price: $500.00