Print made by Henry Heath, active 1824–1835, British
Print made by Thomas McLean, 1788–1875, British
The Buck-Basket. A scene from the Merry Wives of Windsor
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 11 1/2 × 17 1/2 inches (29.2 × 44.5 cm)
Lettering inside of image: 'Copley - it's too large for you. | And too deep Sca(r)let | for you. | A bad return | from | Lincold | Take this Basket on you Shoulders; that done, trudge weith it in all haste and carry it | among the Whisters in Datchet mead and there empty it in the Muddy Ditch close by the Thames side. | O! My Wig!!! have I lived to be carried | in a basket like a barrow of butcher's offal. | I'll have my brains taken out and buttered | and give them to a dog for a New Years gift! | Shakspear. | A Com-pou-nd of the most villianous | Smells that ever offended nostel. | Ranelah | Common Sewer | There has not been sucah a Sweeping | out this Twenty Seven Years | GRAND JUNCTION | WATER WORKS. DOPHIN"; lettering below image: "Pub'd April 22, 1827 by | Tho's. McLean 26 Haymarket | The BUCK-BASKET. A Scene from the Merry Wives of Windsor. | H. heath. fect.".
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Godfrey Pearlson