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  • Caricature, Cartoon, John Kay, Aquatint etching, Edinburgh, 1792 "That's Your Sort!!! Mr. & Mrs. Lee Lewis in the Road to Ruin" from the play by Thomas Holcroft. Antique Print

Caricature, John Kay, Edinburgh, Aquatint Etching, Antique


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Caricature, John Kay, Edinburgh, Aquatint etching, Antique Print, 1792

"That's Your Sort!!! Mr. & Mrs. Lee Lewis in the Road to Ruin"

Antique Aquatint etching by John Kay Published Edinburgh 1792

John Kay (1742-1826) was an apprenticed barber at 13, in 1771 managed to obtained the freedom to the city of Edinburgh when he joined the corporation of the barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature and in the following year he opened a small print shop in the Royal Mile. He flourished with his sketches, and eventually published caricatures of local characters and odd folk that emerged from the Scottish Age of Enlightenment.

In 1792  Thomas Holcroft (1745-1809) wrote "Road to Ruin - a Comedy in Five Acts". He was influenced by the social reform of the period and sympathetic to the cause for the French Revolution. It is a Political and personal satirical opportunity that would have appealed to John Kay who cast Edinburgh personalities in satire character; the lady as the fashionable widow in Holcroft's play 'The Road to Ruin', standing on the left, holding a small object in front of her, with the man standing next to her, looking towards the viewer, holding a cane in his right hand, his right leg raised. 

Condition = Excellent printed on flax & hemp wove paper.

Size of paper = 19.6 x 25.8cm (7 2/3 x 10 1/4 inches) / Platemark =  13 x 20cm (5 1/6  x 8 inches)

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