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Published by W. Hixon, 1735–1802

Slender Billy & hopping Harry trying to bring a wild Irish bull to Westminster to be baited by English bull dogs.

Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on thin, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 8 7/8 × 12 1/8 inches (22.5 × 30.8 cm), Plate: , Image: 8 1/8 × 11 7/8 inches (20.6 × 30.2 cm)

Lettered in image: "Gently, Paddy, Gently. don't looks os furious. | it's all for your good depend upon it. only let me | throw this small cord over your Horns that I may | lead you to your Brother Johny. where you & he will | live in Clover. "___ aside" yes faith & you shall get as | fat as a whipping post _ if once I lay my Clutches on | you I'll bring that high spirit of yours down | till you kneel on your | marrow Bones. | Take care, Billy, Take care _ for he look | D--d sulky__ I ha' been a drover this | many a year but the Deel swell me | Gif e'r I saw sic a stirk as this, a' my | Scots Beasts are as tame as Lam's | I can either lead or drive them | just at | Pleasure."; Lettered below image: "Pub'd Feb 12, 1800 by W. Hixon no. 13 Bridges Str't Cov't Garden. | SLENDER BILLY & HOPPING HARRY: trying to bring a Wild Irish Bull | to Westminster to be Baited by English Bull Dogs.".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Godfrey Pearlson
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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