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Creator:
James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Title:

Les Trois Magots

Date:
1791
Medium:
Etching
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered in image: "A Hell-gate Blackguard | A Newgate Scrub | A Cripplegate Monster | Pub'd Nov'r 1st 1791 by H. Humphrey No. 18 Old Bond Street | LES TROIS MAGOTS. | To whip a Top, to knuckel down at Taw, | To swing upon a Gate, to ride a Straw | To play at Push-Pin with dull brother Peers, | To belch out Catches in a Porter's ears, | To reign the monarch of a midnight cell. | To be the gaping Chairman's Oracle, | Whilst in most blessed union, rogue and whore, | Clap hands, [...] & hiccup out, Encore; | With midnight howl to bay th' affrighted Moon, | To walk with torches thro' the streets at noon, | To force plain nature from her usual way. | Each night a vigil, and a blank each day, | To match for speed one Feather 'gainst another, | To make one leg run races with his brother, | to coin new fangled wagers, and to lay 'em, \ Laying to lose, and losing not to pay 'em, | The MAGOTS, on that stock with Nature gives, | Without a Rival stand."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1974.12.217
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:53912
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