Dean Swift and the post boy
A.M. del. et Sc.
Jonathan Swift, (1667-1745), Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland and satirist, standing and delivering a turbot to the post boy who is sitting in his chair. On the writing desk in front of the post boy is a piece of paper bearing the title "Gulliver's Travels". Outside the window, one can see St. Patrick's Cathedral.
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London : Published by Bowles & Carver, 69 St. Paul's Churchyard, 3rd Feb. 1806.
Title printed u.c. on sheet.
Text printed l.c. on sheet under image: A Gentleman employed a Post Boy to carry a Present of a Turbot to Dean Swift, who seldom gave the bringer anything for his trouble, the Boy knowing this delivered it in an awkward & careless manner, which discomposed the Doctor who thereupon detemined to teach him good Manners, "sit down in my Chair" said he "and suppose yourself to be the Dean and I will represent you" - on which the Dean delivered the Turbot and Message with great Politeness. "Well done" said the Boy "You are a very civil Fellow, here is five shillings for you and pray give my Compliments to your Master", - the Dean took the Hint, smil'd at the Joke, and rewarded him with half a Guinea.
Physical description: 1 print : hand-coloured etching ; image 15.2 x 23.4 cm., on sheet 17.3 x 24.6 cm., cropped within plate mark.
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