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Maker(s):Cruikshank, George
Culture:British (1792-1878)
Title:Very Unpleasant Weather, or the Old Saying Verified "Raining Cats, Dogs, & Pitchforks"!!!
Date Made:1820
Materials:etching with hand color
Place Made:Europe; England; London
Measurements:Mount: 11 3/16 in x 16 9/16 in; 28.4 cm x 42.1 cm; Sheet: 10 1/8 in x 15 5/16 in; 25.7 cm x 38.9 cm; Image: 8 5/8 in x 14 1/4 in; 21.9 cm x 36.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2006.18
Credit Line:Gift in memory of Douglas R. Borlen (Class of 1948)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

George, No. 14084
A heavy slanting downpour composed of cats, dogs, and pitchforks descends (l. to r.) on a road filled with pedestrians. An old applewoman and a porter with a chest inscribed "Glass keep this side upward", have been thrown to the ground. Pitchforks transfix a kneeling dustman; another pierces the umbrella of a fat person on which a dog is also seated. A cripple is pinned to the ground; his wooden leg impales a cat. A barrow-woman shouting "Cats meat, dogs meat!" is beset by dogs and cats. A coach numbered "2072", with a burlesque coat of arms (a cat and dog for supporters, a cat for a crest) contains two dandies (cf. No. 13029); the roof is covered with animals and pierced by pitchforks. There is a background of houses and landscape; a placard (l.) on which a coach and four is depicted is inscribed "Cheap Safe & Expeditious Travelling - Pig & Whistle to the Cow & Snuffers - Winchester Hants."
Reid, No. 949. Cohn, No. 2074. Reissued, Cruikshankiana, 1835.

(from George, vol. X)

caricatures; cartoons; environmental disasters; farm equipment; humor; rain; satire; storms; text; weather

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