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Title:
Tregear's Black jokes : being a series of laughable caricatures on the march of manners amongst the Blacks : twenty plates.
Alternate Title(s):
Black jokes
Published/Created:
London : Published by G.S. Tregear, at his Humorous and Sporting Print Shop, Cheapside, 1834.
Physical Description:
[1] leaf, 20 leaves of plates : chiefly illustrations ; 27 x 37 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2018 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Classification:
Books
Notes:
"Derived from an American publication, Edward W. Clay's Life in Philadelphia of 1828-30, this series of flagrantly racialist engravings [Tregear's black jokes] grotesquely satirized the pretensions of the Black urban population."--Forrester, G. "Mapping a New Kingston: Belisario's Sketches of Character." In Barringer, T.J. Art and emancipation in Jamaica, pp. 78-79.
Plates engraved by Charles Hunt after W. Sommers.
Abbey, J.R. Life, 322
Barringer, T.J. Art and emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his worlds, pages 78-79
Black Victorians: Black people in British art 1800-1900, pages 25, 170
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in contemporary black quarter morocco and green cloth. Inscribed: "Mrs. Readett. The gift of her affectionate son, Wood [?] Readett, 31st Aug. 1835."
Contents:
1. The Promenade -- 2. The Lady Patroness of Almacks -- 3. Marriage a la Mode -- 4. The Christening -- 5. Venus and Adonis -- 6. The Route -- 7. The Card Party -- 8. The Breaking Up -- 9. Othello / Desdemona Asleep -- 10. The Concert -- 11. Miss Whites Birth-day Party -- 12. The Lubbers Quarrel -- 13. Blackberrying -- 14. Don Juan and Zerline -- 15. Cinderella and the Black Prince -- 16. The Portrait -- 17. The First Lesson -- 18. The Advertisement -- 19. The Wedding Feast -- 20. The Elopement.
Subject Terms:
Blacks -- Great Britain -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Blacks -- Great Britain -- Social conditions.
Racism -- Great Britain.
Readett, Mrs. -- Presentation inscription from Wood Readett.
Readett, Wood. -- Presentation inscription to Mrs. Readett.
Form/Genre:
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1834.
Caricatures.
Ethnic stereotypes.
Contributors:
Hunt, Charles, active 1825-1857, engraver.
Summers, W. (William), 1816-1880, illustrator.
Tregear, G. S. (Gabriel Shir), active 19th century, publisher.
adaptation of: Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857. Life in Philadelphia.
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