Comic dance in the popular pantomime of The white cat

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“The clowns Kirby and Chatterley, one dressed in female costume, dancing.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Comic dance in the popular pantomime of The white cat [graphic] : by Messr. Kirby & Chatterley to the tune of The bold dragoon / draw [sic] & etched by W. Heath.
  • Published: [London] : Pub. 5th of Jany. 1812 by T. Palser, Bridge Road, Lambeth, [5 January 1812]

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Acquired November 2012


Distress: 1 print on wove paper : etching and aquatint, hand-colored ; plate mark 36.8 x 49 cm., on sheet 38 x 51 cm.

A boat crammed with shipwrecked men, with an oar projecting to the right. One man leans his elbows on the gunwale while two of his companions throw a corpse overboard.

Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist

Distress / from an original drawing by Thos. Rowlandson.

Published: [London] : Published by Thos. Palser, Surrey side Westminster Bridge, [ca. 1799].


Subjects (Library of Congress): Shipwrecks; Castaways; Palser, Thomas, publisher; Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist; Satires (Visual works)–England–1799; Aquatints–England–London–1799; Etchings–England–London–1799.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: July, 2010