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Creator:
Print made by Charles Williams, active 1796–1830, British
Published by Charles Knight, 1743–c.1826, British
Title:

A Scene from the Beggars Opera the Principal Characters by his Majesty's Servants

Date:
ca. 1805
Medium:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/2 × 16 inches (26.7 × 40.6 cm), Plate: 9 3/4 × 13 7/8 inches (24.8 × 35.2 cm), and Image: 9 1/8 × 13 1/4 inches (23.2 × 33.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscription in graphite on verso illegible

Lettered in image: "For my having violated an Act you see gentlemen | I am ordered to be disgraced_that the Speaker | should decieve me I am surprised. T'is a plain | proof that the World is all alike and that even our Gang | can no more trust one another than other | people_therefor Gentlemen look well to | yourselves for in all | probability you may | escape some months longer | We are heartily sorroy Captain | for your misfortune_but t'is | what we must all come to."; lettered below image: "Argus del't. Pub'd by C. Knight Lambeth | No. 22 and sold at No. 7 Cornhill | a Scene from the BEGGARS OPERA the Principal Characters by his Majestys Servants.".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Godfrey Pearlson
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2019.17.3
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:81869
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