About your business

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Date of creation based on publication date of print. Published by S.W. Fores in November 1795 as “Deputy Pendulum’s motion for an address”; engraved by Isaac Cruikshank with Woodward’s name removed form lower left corner.

An ugly man in old-fashioned dress stands full-face, toes turned in, squinting, and looking downwards. An ‘Address’ is in his right hand, his left hand is in his breeches pocket; a document inscribed ‘Observations’ protrudes from his coat-pocket. His scanty audience of seven men, most of them sleeping, is behind him, on either side of a fireplace. A broken candle on the mantel drips wax into the mouth of one of the sleeping men (right), much to the amusement of his neighbour on his right. In the doorway on the far-left, one of the men uses a ear-trumpet; one holds a tea cup in his hand, and a third yawns. Over the chimney-piece is a large clock-face, the hands indicating 10:56; above it is a carved owl and the words ‘About your business’.

  • Artist: Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809, artist.
  • Title: About your business [drawing] / GM Woodward delin.
  • Published: [England], [1795]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings W87 no. 56 Box D116

Acquired May 2013

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