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Creator:
George Moutard Woodward, ca. 1760–1809, British
Title:

The Royal Rush Light

Additional Title(s):

The Royal Rush light!

Date:
Undated
Medium:
Watercolor, pen and ink over graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 3/4 x 13 3/8 inches (40 x 34 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in brown ink, center: "London Pub. by Willm. Holland, 50, Oxford St. June 25 - 1798"; in black ink, center: "The Royal Rush-light!"; in black ink, lower center: "A Set of Jolly fellows once together were all met | And tried with all their might efectually to crush light | But firm as a rock - on a Bench made of oak | Stood the taper Royal Rush light | They puff'd at the Rush light! | The steady Royal Rush light! | But all would not do | To BLOW OUT the Rush light !!"

Dated in brown ink, center: "1798"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.5472
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
commentary | historical subject | humor | men | poem | poetry | rush lights | satire | treasury | waistcoats
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:14893
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