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Maker(s):Cruikshank, George
Culture:British (1792-1878)
Title:A Tailor in a High Wind or L'embarras de Richesses. Drawn from the Life on the Cliff Brighton
Date Made:1819
Type:Print
Materials:etching with hand color
Place Made:Europe; England; London
Measurements:Mount: 14 3/8 in x 11 7/8 in; 36.5 cm x 30.2 cm; Sheet: 11 9/16 in x 9 1/4 in; 29.4 cm x 23.5 cm; Plate: 10 3/16 in x 8 1/4 in; 25.9 cm x 21 cm; Image: 8 1/8 in x 7 1/4 in; 20.6 cm x 18.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2006.23
Credit Line:Gift in memory of Douglas R. Borlen (Class of 1948)
2006-23.jpg

Description:
George, No. 13435
Below the title - "Drawn from the Life on the Cliff Brighton." A burlesqued tailor with a huge paunch and small legs stands in profile to the l., facing a gale and rain, encumbered with a little girl clinging to his neck, and by a large roll of cloth under the r. arm; he tries to open his umbrella, having placed his cane between his legs; tied to the handle in a handkerchief are books of patterns, which are blowing away, like his wig, hat, and the child's bonnet; his coat, with tape-measure, streams behind him. Sea-gulls swoop towards him. A wind-swept dog turns its tail to the wind, cowering in terror. Behind are rails along the cliff and (below) the sea; three storm-tossed ships in full sail show how sudden was the squall. Below the title five lines from Byron's "Bride of Abydos": Though rising gale & breaking foam/ And shrieking sea-birds warned him home/ And clouds aloft & tides below/ With signs & sounds forbade to go/ He could not see, he would not hear -

Reid, No. 881. Cohn, No. 2024.

(from George, vol. IX)

Tags:
caricatures; children; coastlines; environmental disasters; headdresses; humor; satire; storms; text; travelers; wind

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