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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