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The unexpected return, / or Snip in danger.

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  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The unexpected return, / or Snip in danger.
  • Description

    A copy of a Rowlandson watercolour, see No. 11111. A comely young woman stands between a burly sailor (right) with a cudgel, who has just entered the room, and a miserable shambling tailor, in ragged clothes, who trembles at the sight of the sailor. She smiles, holding the tailor by the chin, and putting a restraining hand on the sailor's arm. A boy (left) in the background watches the encounter. 1 November 1808
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1808
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 346 millimetres
    • Width: 287 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name and publishing details: 'Rowlandson Published by Reeve and Jones No 7, Vere Strt Novr 1 1808.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 297, 408.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11116 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1 November 1808.  Hand-coloured etching.


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 November 1808. Hand-coloured etching.

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