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Great Britain, circa 1860?
Physical Description:
53 cards (rectos only) ; 92 mm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC1300 .Q37 1860 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Set of 53 pen-and-ink and watercolor comic cards, with a decorative title card reading "Quartettes". Consists of depictions of trades people and their families, caricatured with common social and racial stereotypes. A standard set consists of the tradesman head of household, with separate cards for his wife, son, and daughter; in most cases the remainder of the family is depicted in domestic settings. Some of the sets lack all members of the family, while other sets have multiples of several family members, with variations of the same illustration. All of the cards are captioned and are in full pen-and-ink and watercolor. None is signed or dated, and no order is implied.
Subject Terms:
Clothing and dress -- Great Britain -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Satire, English.
Ethnic stereotypes.
Ink drawings.
IIIF Manifest:

  • Major Lion
  • Mr Rinderpest Chalks, the milkman
  • Mr Yellow Ochre Daubit, the painter
  • Mr Gobble Graymalkin, the ratcatcher
  • Squire Ride-away Alworthy
  • Doctor Salts and Senna Pillbox
  • Herr Von Guterschnapps, the juggler
  • Mr Ching Chow Chung, the tea merchant
  • Mr Chisel Chips Sawyer, the carpenter
  • Massa Pompey Cuff
  • Mr Hookit Bluebottle, the policeman.

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