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Robert Mitchell Meadows, Died before 1812, British
after Henry William Bunbury, 1750–1811, British

Dodbery and Verges, with the Watch; "Much Ado About Nothing", Act III, Scene II

Engraving and stipple engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper
Sheet: 16 5/8 × 19 1/4 inches (42.2 × 48.9 cm), Plate: 16 1/4 × 19 inches (41.3 × 48.3 cm), and Image: 13 15/16 × 17 7/8 inches (35.4 × 45.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, verso, lower right: "H8075"; inscribed in graphite, verso, upper right: "P149"

Letterd, lower left: "H. Bunbury Esqr. delt. | Dog. Are you good Men and true? | Ver. Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer | salvation, body and soul. | Dog. Nay that were a punishment too good for them, | If they should have any alegiance in them, being | chosen for the Prince's watch. | Ver. Well give them their charge, neighbour Dogbery. | Dog. First, who think you the most disartlesss man to be constable?"; lettered, lower center: "DOGBERY and VERGES | with the Watch. | From the original drawing in the collection of | Her Royal Highness and Duchess of York. | London, Publish'd Jany. 1st. 1794 by Thos. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Sreet."; lettered, lower right: "R.M. Meadows Sculpt. | 1st Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Seacoal, for they | can write and read. | Dog. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal, God hath blessed | you with a good name to be a well favored man | is the gift of fortune; but to write and read | comes by nature | Vide Much ado about nothing. | Act 3d. Scene 2d."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
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