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The blue devils!!

The blue devils!! [graphic] / G. Cruikshank fect.
[London] : Pubd. by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket, Augt. 1st, 1835.
Physical Description
1 print : etching ; plate mark 23.9 x 30 cm, on sheet 26 x 34 cm
wove paper
Local Notes
Temporary local subject terms: Miseries of human life -- Artists -- Pictures amplify subject -- Misery -- Hanging rope.
Temporary local Medical Library subject terms: Depression -- Devils & Demons.
Title etched below image.
Reissue, with new imprint statement. For an earlier state published 10 January 1823 by G. Humphrey, see no. 14598 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 10.
Plate from: Cruikshankiana. London : Published by Thomas M'Lean, 26, Haymarket, [1835].
"A melancholy man wearing night-cap and slippers sits facing an empty grate (right), his feet on the fender, supporting his head on his hand. He is beset by demons, figments of the mind, who are mostly miniature human beings. One stands on the back of his neck holding up a noose which is attached to a projection from the solitary candle on the chimneypiece, which is burnt to the socket. Another, swinging himself from the chimneypiece, offers an open razor. One standing beside the grate commits suicide, a pistol to each ear, glaring at his victim. A little gnome crouches behind the bars of the grate, to which is attached a begging-box with the notice Pray Remember the Poor Debtors [cf. British Museums Satires No. 13287]. In the fireplace is a placard: Mr--Dr to T Coke Coal Mert To 5 Chalds Wallsend . . To Do Chalds Wallsend To 3 Ch . . . £73. On the arm of the chair stands a top-booted bailiff tapping his victim's shoulder and proffering a writ. On the floor a procession walks (left to right) towards the victim, headed by a fat and pompous parish beadle with a tall staff. He is followed by three pregnant women, cloaked and bonneted (cf. British Museums Satires No. 14613, 15495). A lean old-fashioned doctor with a skull-like face hurries up behind them. Last runs a ghoulish creature with a coffin strapped to his back, holding a hammer. A monster with fanged mouth (gout) extends claws towards the victim's feet. On the floor at his side is an open book: Ennui. On a table (left) a mannikin sits on the foot of a reversed wine-glass, gleefully holding up an empty bottle and his hat. Beside him are papers: Bill for Payment Lies due at no . . . Two books on a wall-bracket form a platform for a similar creature who is gleefully painting at one of two pictures on the wall. His brush is a firebrand, a conflagration is depicted. The other picture is of a shipwreck. The books are: Miseries of Human Life [cf. British Museums Satires No. 10815, &c] (Folio) Vol. 2222 and Bucanns [Buchan's] Domestic Medicine. A third picture above the victim's head is of himself assaulted by a screaming virago with a pair of bellows."--British Museum online catalogue.
Added to Catalog
March 31, 2011
Cohn, A.M. George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné, 934
Reid, G.W. Descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank, 1162
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Five hundred years of medicine in art, 98.6
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1823.
Etchings - England - London - 1835.
Also listed under
McLean, T. (Thomas), publisher.
Clements C. Fry Collection of Medical Prints and Drawings (Medical Historical Library, Yale University).

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