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The Learned Scotchman or Magistrate's Mistake!!

15 Dec 1807

RCIN 810667

A hand-coloured print of a man wearing tartan who bows to a magistrate. The Scot excuses a bout of drunken behaviour with the motto Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit (‘no mortal is wise at all times’). The magistrate, whose gouty leg points to his own drinking excesses, misunderstands the Latin. The Magistrate's wife sits beside him holding a fan to her face in embarrassment. The joke rests on the reversal of the expected roles. Rowlandson etched this print for the Caricature Magazine after a drawing by Woodward. Printed in the plate: 33 / Price one shilling coloud. / Woodward Del / Rowlandson Scul / London published by Thos. Tegg 111 Cheapside 15th Decr 1807
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    BM Satires 11971 (BM Satires : Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum ... 11 v. in 12.)

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