Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland
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Artwork details

Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 127 x 203 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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Like so many of Dance's comic drawings, the precise meaning of this satirical
sketch is unclear. A short monk, whose habit is hitched about his waist, stares
at an Italian sausage dangled before
his nose. This, combined with the monk's posture and the actions of the nun who holds his legs, suggests that a crude sexual joke is being made at his expense.

September 2004

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