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Maker(s):Cruickshank, Isaac Robert and George
Title:print: Four men seated at table or Irish Hospitality
Date Made:1815
Materials:paper, ink, watercolors
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
Accession Number:  HD 69.1331
Credit Line:Gift of John Kenneth Byard
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Hand-colored etched print with four well-dressed and smiling men sit round a table on which are decanters and fruit. One sings, grinning broadly, his hand on a decanter; his tie-pin is in the form of a bottle. The man at the head of the table, in profile to the left, is Whittle. The chimney-piece (right) is a clock surmounted by a Bacchus and wreathed with grapes. A candle has burned to the socket. Outside the window (left) is a church resembling St. Paul's, Covent Garden. On the dining table is a modest dessert course with a basket of fruit and nuts, a nutcracker, two decanters filled with red wine or port, and wine glasses. Behind the men, there is a fireplace mantle with a lighted candle and a clock with a Bacchus figure astride the clock holding a wine glass and showing the time of 7:28; and a window on the left showing a church and tall building. The print is inscribed on the bottom "TR Cruickshank del" and "G. C. sculp." Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856) and George Cruikshank (1792-1878), the sons of Isaac Cruikshank (1756-1811) Scottish painter and caricaturist, also became artists, and George in particular achieved fame as an illustrator and caricaturist and was praised as the "modern Hogarth." This print cut down from a larger image called "Irish Hospitality: sung with great applause by Mr. Inclendon in his new entertainment called "The Minstrel." A full copy of the print can be found at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, Farmington, CT (See lwlpr11835) and at the British Museum (1861,0518.1253). Heading to a song printed below the (printed) title: 'Sung with great Applause by Mr. Incledon, in his New Entertainment, called "The Minstrel" [Tune—Town and Country]'. The third of five verses: At Candy's in Church Street, I'll sing of a set/ Of six Irish blades, who together had met; / Four bottles apiece made us call for the score,/ And nothing detain'd us but one bottle more./ Plate numbered 531. / 20 October 1815. Lettered with title, letterpress, artist's name and publication line "I. R. Cruikshank del/ G. Ck sculp./ Published, the 20th of October, 1815, By Jas Whittle & Richd H. Laurie, 53, Fleet Street, London."

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