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Artist
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland 1735–1811
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 172 x 136 mm
frame (Half Royal): 437 x 310 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08282

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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