This little drawing shows three portly
men squeezed into drinking vessels,
with cherries suspended above their heads. As Dance's inscription indicates, this is a satirical reference to the popular children's game, 'Bob-Cherry'. This was one of a number of games which Dance's master, Francis Hayman, had illustrated earlier in the century in paintings
to decorate supper-boxes at Vauxhall Gardens. While he would have been familiar with Hayman's design, Dance's unusual treatment of the subject
is entirely his own creation.