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Tregear's Black jokes : being a series of laughable caricatures on the march of manners amongst the Blacks : twenty plates.

Additional Title(s):

Black jokes

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
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2018 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Abbey, J.R. Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 322
Plates engraved by Charles Hunt after W. Sommers.
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."
"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.
Subject Terms:
Black people -- Great Britain -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Black people -- Great Britain -- Social conditions.
Readett, Mrs. -- Presentation inscription from Wood Readett.
Readett, Wood. -- Presentation inscription to Mrs. Readett.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1834.
Ethnic stereotypes.
Hunt, Charles, active 1825-1857, engraver.
Summers, W. (William), 1816-1880, illustrator.
Tregear, G. S. (Gabriel Shir), active 19th century, publisher.
Clay, Edward Williams, 1799-1857. Life in Philadelphia. adaptation of:
IIIF Manifest:

  • 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.

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