The Old Print Shop

Cracking a Joke !!

  • ARTIST: George Woodward

  • PUBLISHER: Published November by Thos. Tegg No. 111 Cheapside.

  • MEDIUM: Etching, handcolored,

    DATE: c. 1790-1800.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 8 3/8 x 12 1/2" (21.1 x 31.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Plate # 296. Rowlandson scul. <br><br> This English satirical cartoon plays on personal awareness and hygiene. Two men are sitting at a table with their smoking pipes, enjoying a drink of "Stingo." The heavyset man on the right stare upward, trying to see his forehead. He says, "Whats that you say Neighbour? You see a Creeper on my Forhead! Come—Come—you Joke!" He is completely unaware of the large louse resting on his forehead. The older gentleman, leaning forward in his chair, replies, "I tell you what my good Friend if you have any more such Jokes I advise you to crack them as soon as possible."


  • CONDITION: Good condition with original handcolor.